Prematurity in Scientific Discovery: On Resistance and Neglect

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Ernest B. Hook
University of California Press, Oct 2, 2002 - Philosophy - 378 pages
"In preparing this remarkable book, Ernest Hook persuaded an eminent group of scientists, historians, sociologists and philosophers to focus on the problem: why are some discoveries rejected at a particular time but later seen to be valid? The interaction of these experts did not produce agreement on 'prematurity' in science but something more valuable: a collection of fascinating papers, many of them based on new research and analysis, which sometimes forced the author to revise a previously-held opinion. The book should be enthusiastically welcomed by all readers who are interested in how science works."—Stephen G. Brush, co-author of Physics, The Human Adventure: From copernicus to Einstein and Beyond

"Prematurity and Scientific Discovery contains interesting and insightful papers by numerous well-known scientists and scholars. It will be of wide interest, not only to science studies scholars but also to working scientists and to science-literate general readers."—Thomas Nickles, editor of Scientific Discovery, Logic, and Rationality
 

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Contents

Prematurity in Scientific Discovery
22
Prematurity Nuclear Fission and the Transuranium Actinide Elements
37
The Timeliness of the Discoveries of the Three Modes of Gene Transfer
59
Forgetting and Neglect in Science
70
Relatively Unproblematic Examples
85
How Premature?
151
I2 Prematurity and the Dynamics of Scientific Change
164
Premature Discovery
175
I5 The Prematurity of Darwins Theory of Natural Selection
213
I6 Prematurity Evolutionary Biology and the Historical Sciences
239
I7 The Prematurity of Prematurity in Political Science
253
I9 Premature Discovery Is Failure of Intersection among Social Worlds
280
Loose Reflections on the Notion of Prematurity
295
Why Was Stents Notion of Prematurity
329
Reflections on Hulls Remarks
342
INDEX
367

Possible Examples
200

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About the author (2002)

Ernest B. Hook is Professor at the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley.

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