The Resource Discovering complexity : decomposition and localization as strategies in scientific research, William Bechtel and Robert C. Richardson

Discovering complexity : decomposition and localization as strategies in scientific research, William Bechtel and Robert C. Richardson

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Discovering complexity : decomposition and localization as strategies in scientific research
Title
Discovering complexity
Title remainder
decomposition and localization as strategies in scientific research
Statement of responsibility
William Bechtel and Robert C. Richardson
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Language
eng
Summary
"In Discovering Complexity, William Bechtel and Robert Richardson examine two heuristics that guided the development of mechanistic models in the life sciences: decomposition and localization. Drawing on historical cases from disciplines including cell biology, cognitive neuroscience, and genetics, they identify a number of 'choice points' that life scientists confront in developing mechanistic explanations and show how different choices result in divergent explanatory models. Describing decomposition as the attempt to differentiate functional and structural components of a system and localization as the assignment of responsibility for specific functions to specific structures, Bechtel and Richardson examine the usefulness of these heuristics as well as their fallibility--the sometimes false assumption underlying them that nature is significantly decomposable and hierarchically organized. When Discovering Complexity was originally published in 1993, few philosophers of science perceived the centrality of seeking mechanisms to explain phenomena in biology, relying instead on the model of nomological explanation advanced by the logical positivists (a model Bechtel and Richardson found to be utterly inapplicable to the examples from the life sciences in their study). Since then, mechanism and mechanistic explanation have become widely discussed. In a substantive new introduction to this MIT Press edition of their book, Bechtel and Richardson examine both philosophical and scientific developments in research on mechanistic models since 1993"--MIT CogNet
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Bechtel, William
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Q180.55.M4
LC item number
B4 2010eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1949-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Richardson, Robert C.
  • MIT CogNet
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  • Research
  • Decomposition method
  • Localization theory
  • Complexity (Philosophy)
  • SCIENCE
  • Complexity (Philosophy)
  • Decomposition method
  • Localization theory
  • Research
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Discovering complexity : decomposition and localization as strategies in scientific research, William Bechtel and Robert C. Richardson
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • "emergent" phenomena in interconnected networks
  • Constructing causal explanations
  • Cognitive strategies and scientific discovery
  • Complex systems and mechanistic explanations
  • Identifying the locus of control
  • Direct localization
  • The rejection of mechanism
  • Complex localization
  • Integrated mechanisms
  • Reconstituting the phenomena
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (liv, 286 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780262289177
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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9786612978364
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illustrations
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
  • 297836
  • 22573/ctt59pgjb
System control number
  • (OCoLC)724021929
  • (OCoLC)ocn724021929
Label
Discovering complexity : decomposition and localization as strategies in scientific research, William Bechtel and Robert C. Richardson
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • "emergent" phenomena in interconnected networks
  • Constructing causal explanations
  • Cognitive strategies and scientific discovery
  • Complex systems and mechanistic explanations
  • Identifying the locus of control
  • Direct localization
  • The rejection of mechanism
  • Complex localization
  • Integrated mechanisms
  • Reconstituting the phenomena
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (liv, 286 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780262289177
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
9786612978364
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
  • 297836
  • 22573/ctt59pgjb
System control number
  • (OCoLC)724021929
  • (OCoLC)ocn724021929

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