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Scientific Representation: Paradoxes of Perspective

Bas C. van Fraassen

Abstract

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. This book 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 modeling in modern physics. Starting with Mach's and Poincaré's analyses of measurement and Reichenbach's ‘problem of coordination’, this book presents a view of measurement outcomes as representations achiev ... More

Keywords: model, representation, Mach, Poincaré, measurement, picture theory of science, structuralism, empiricism, structural realism, philosophy of science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199278220
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278220.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bas C. van Fraassen, author
Princeton University and San Francisco State University