Making Truth: Metaphor in Science

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University of Illinois Press, 2003 - Philosophy - 215 pages
How does science work? Making Truth: Metaphor in Science argues that most laypeople, and many scientists, do not have a clear understanding of how metaphor relates to scientific thinking. With stunning clarity, and bridging the worlds of scientists and nonscientists, Theodore L. Brown demonstrates the presence and the power of metaphorical thought. He presents a series of studies of scientific systems, ranging from the atom to current topics in chemistry and biology such as protein folding, chaperone proteins, and global warming. These case studies provide the basis for far-reaching conclusions about science as an intellectual and social practice and about the nature of scientific truth.
 

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Contents

Introduction to Metaphor
14
The Theory of Conceptual Metaphor
31
The Classical Atom
55
The Modern Atom
74
Molecular Models in Chemistry and Biology
101
Protein Folding
122
CellularLevel Metaphors
146
Global Warming
160
Notes
197
Index
211
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Theodore L. Brown is a professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also served as director of the Beckman Institute, vice chancellor for research, and interim vice chancellor for academic affairs. He is the author of Energy and the Environment and a coauthor of Chemistry: The Central Science.

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