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Geophysics, Realism, and Industry: How Commercial Interests Shaped Geophysical Conceptions, 1900–1960

Aitor Anduaga

Abstract

Have industry and commerce affected the concepts, values, and epistemic foundations of different sciences? If so, how and to what extent? This book suggests that the most significant influence of industry on science, in the two case studies treated here, had to do with the issue of realism. These two cases deal with the elucidation of the layers of the upper atmosphere and the Earth’s crust. Using wave propagation as the common thread, this book simultaneously analyses the emergence of realist attitudes towards the entities of the ionosphere and the Earth’s crust. However, what was it that led ... More

Keywords: operational realism, seismology, ionosphere, Earth’s crust, engineering, radio industry, oil industry, wave propagation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198755159
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755159.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aitor Anduaga, author
Ikerbasque Research Professor, Basque Museum of the History of Medicine and Science, University of the Basque Country, Spain