Scientific Representation: Paradoxes of Perspective

Scientific Representation Paradoxes of Perspective Bas C van Fraassen presents an original exploration of how we represent the world Science represents natural phenomena by means of theories as well as in many concrete ways by such means as pictures

  • Title: Scientific Representation: Paradoxes of Perspective
  • Author: Bas C. Van Fraassen
  • ISBN: 9780199278220
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Bas C van Fraassen presents an original exploration of how we represent the world Science represents natural phenomena by means of theories, as well as in many concrete ways by such means as pictures, graphs, table top models, and computer simulations Scientific Representation begins with an inquiry into the nature of representation in general, drawing on such diverse sBas C van Fraassen presents an original exploration of how we represent the world Science represents natural phenomena by means of theories, as well as in many concrete ways by such means as pictures, graphs, table top models, and computer simulations Scientific Representation begins with an inquiry into the nature of representation in general, drawing on such diverse sources as Plato s dialogues, the development of perspectival drawing in the Renaissance, and the geometric styles of modelling in modern physics Starting with Mach s and Poincare s analyses of measurement and the problem of coordination, van Fraassen then presents a view of measurement outcomes as representations With respect to the theories of contemporary science he defends an empiricist structuralist version of the picture theory of science, through an inquiry into the paradoxes that came to light in twentieth century philosophies of science Van Fraassen concludes with an analysis of the complex relationship between appearance and reality in the scientific world picture.

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    1 thought on “Scientific Representation: Paradoxes of Perspective”

    1. As always, van Fraassen is thorough, thoughtful, and technical. This is not a book for the weak of spirit, even among professional philosophers. It covers an enormous amount of material both in metaphysics and philosophy of science, but also in the history of science. For what my opinion is worth, I think that a major part of van Fraassen's appeal is his serious engagement with the historical content of science and philosophy, and his ability to deputize important shifts in that material into hi [...]

    2. Dit is een goed, stevig onderbouwd boek. Van Fraassen weet zijn empiricist structuralism helder neer te zetten en geeft veel treffende definities en problematiseringen van noties als fenomenen, verschijningen, experiment en perspectief. Geschikt voor mensen die al wel eea in de (wetenschaps)filosofie hebben gelezen. Het enige nadeel is dat de meest technische aspecten van het boek worden verheldert door pittige voorbeelden uit de kwantummechanica, iets waar ik zelf niet bepaald in thuis ben. Voo [...]

    3. Un livre important, qui raffine grandement les idées de The Scientific Image, mais malheureusement très mal écrit. Malgré tout, il mérite le détour, même si pour l'apprécier il faut le lire plus d'une fois.

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