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The Resource Is water H2O? : evidence, realism and pluralism, Hasok Chang

Is water H2O? : evidence, realism and pluralism, Hasok Chang

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Is water H2O? : evidence, realism and pluralism
Title
Is water H2O?
Title remainder
evidence, realism and pluralism
Statement of responsibility
Hasok Chang
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This book exhibits deep philosophical quandaries and intricacies of the historical development of science lying behind a simple and fundamental item of common sense in modern science, namely the composition of water as H2O. Three main phases of development are critically re-examined, covering the historical period from the 1760s to the 1860s: the Chemical Revolution (through which water first became recognized as a compound, not an element), early electrochemistry (by which water{u2019}s compound nature was confirmed), and early atomic chemistry (in which water started out as HO and became H2O). In each case, the author concludes that the empirical evidence available at the time was not decisive in settling the central debates and therefore the consensus that was reached was unjustified or at least premature. This leads to a significant re-examination of the realism question in the philosophy of science and a unique new advocacy for pluralism in science. Each chapter contains three layers, allowing readers to follow various parts of the book at their chosen level of depth and detail. The second major study in "complementary science", this book offers a rare combination of philosophy, history and science in a bid to improve scientific knowledge through history and philosophy of science
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Cataloging source
BTCTA
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Chang, Hasok
Dewey number
501
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Boston studies in the philosophy of science,
Series volume
v. 293
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  • Water
  • Water
  • Science
  • Pluralism
  • Realism
  • Water
  • Water
Label
Is water H2O? : evidence, realism and pluralism, Hasok Chang
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Water and the chemical revolution -- Electrolysis: piles of confusion and poles of attraction --HO or H2O? How chemists learned to count atoms -- Active realism and the reality of H2O -- Pluralism in science: a call to action
Control code
768170059
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxi, 316 pages
Isbn
9789400739314
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)768170059
Label
Is water H2O? : evidence, realism and pluralism, Hasok Chang
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Water and the chemical revolution -- Electrolysis: piles of confusion and poles of attraction --HO or H2O? How chemists learned to count atoms -- Active realism and the reality of H2O -- Pluralism in science: a call to action
Control code
768170059
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxi, 316 pages
Isbn
9789400739314
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)768170059

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