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Mediating Objects. Scientific and Public Functions of Models in Nineteenth-Century Biology

Ludwig, David (2013) Mediating Objects. Scientific and Public Functions of Models in Nineteenth-Century Biology. [Preprint]

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The aim of this article is to examine the scientific and public functions of two- andthree-dimensional models in the context of three episodes from nineteenth-century biology. Iargue that these models incorporate both data and theory by presenting theoretical assumptions inthe light of concrete data or organizing data through theoretical assumptions. Despite their diverseroles in scientific practice, they all can be characterized as mediators between data and theory.Furthermore, I argue that these different mediating functions often reflect their different audiencesthat included specialized scientists, students, and the general public. In this sense, models innineteenth-century biology can be understood as mediators between theory, data, and their diverseaudiences


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Ludwig, David
Additional Information: Document removed at the request of the author 7/25/14
Keywords: Models as Mediators, Material Models, History of Embryology, Ernst Haeckel,Wilhelm His.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Dr David Ludwig
Date Deposited: 15 May 2013 21:15
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2014 14:30
Item ID: 9756
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: 2013
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9756

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