The Resource Explaining Photosynthesis : Models of Biochemical Mechanisms, 1840-1960, by Kärin Nickelsen, (electronic resource)

Explaining Photosynthesis : Models of Biochemical Mechanisms, 1840-1960, by Kärin Nickelsen, (electronic resource)

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Explaining Photosynthesis : Models of Biochemical Mechanisms, 1840-1960
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Explaining Photosynthesis
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Models of Biochemical Mechanisms, 1840-1960
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by Kärin Nickelsen
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eng
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Recounting the compelling story of a scientific discovery that took more than a century to complete, this trail-blazing monograph focuses on methodological issues and is the first to delve into this subject. This book charts how the biochemical and biophysical mechanisms of photosynthesis were teased out by succeeding generations of scientists, and the author highlights the reconstruction of the heuristics of modelling the mechanism—analyzed at both individual and collective levels. Photosynthesis makes for an instructive example. The first tentative ideas were developed by organic chemists around 1840, while by 1960 an elaborate proposal at a molecular level, for both light and dark reactions, was established. The latter is still assumed to be basically correct today. The author makes a persuasive case for a historically informed philosophy of science, especially regarding methodology, and advocates a history of science whose narrative deploys philosophical approaches and categories. She shows how scientists’ attempts to formulate, justify, modify, confirm or criticize their models are best interpreted as series of coordinated research actions, dependent on a network of super- and subordinated epistemic goals, and guided by recurrent heuristic strategies. With dedicated chapters on key figures such as Otto Warburg, who borrowed epistemic fundamentals from other disciplines to facilitate his own work on photosynthesis, and on more general topics relating to the development of the field after Warburg, this new work is both a philosophical reflection on the nature of scientific enquiry and a detailed history of the processes behind one of science’s most important discoveries.
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Nickelsen, Kärin
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QH331
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non fiction
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History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences,
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8
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  • Philosophy (General)
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Biology
  • Plant Biochemistry
  • History of Science
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Explaining Photosynthesis : Models of Biochemical Mechanisms, 1840-1960, by Kärin Nickelsen, (electronic resource)
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Introduction -- 1. In Pursuit of a Pathway (1843-1918) -- 2. Otto Warburg and the Turn to Manometry (1912-25) -- 3. Struggling with the Standard Model (1930-41) -- 4. The Maximum Quantum Yield Controversy (1937-55) -- 5. The Path of Carbon in Photosynthesis (1937-1954) -- 6. Elucidating the Light Reactions (1950-1961) -- Epilogue
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X, 349 p. 62 illus., 6 illus. in color.
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9789401795821
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10.1007/978-94-017-9582-1
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(DE-He213)978-94-017-9582-1
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Explaining Photosynthesis : Models of Biochemical Mechanisms, 1840-1960, by Kärin Nickelsen, (electronic resource)
Publication
Antecedent source
mixed
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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not applicable
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text
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txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- 1. In Pursuit of a Pathway (1843-1918) -- 2. Otto Warburg and the Turn to Manometry (1912-25) -- 3. Struggling with the Standard Model (1930-41) -- 4. The Maximum Quantum Yield Controversy (1937-55) -- 5. The Path of Carbon in Photosynthesis (1937-1954) -- 6. Elucidating the Light Reactions (1950-1961) -- Epilogue
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
X, 349 p. 62 illus., 6 illus. in color.
File format
multiple file formats
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9789401795821
Level of compression
uncompressed
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.1007/978-94-017-9582-1
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online resource.
Quality assurance targets
absent
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access
Specific material designation
remote
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(DE-He213)978-94-017-9582-1

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