Article ID: CBB000063896

Material models in biology (1990)


Description “I explore the boundary between the propositional and non-propositional sides of biological theory, drawing on three cases: Grinnell's remnant models of faunas, Wright's path analysis, and Weismannism's role in the generalization of evolutionary theory. I propose a picture of material model-building in biology in which manipulated systems of material objects function as theoretical models. In each of the cases, material systems such as diagrams play important generative as well as presentational roles.” From author's abstract.

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Authors & Contributors
Weismann, August
Griesemer, James R.
Risler, Helmut
Churchill, Frederick B.
Sander, Klaus
Danailow, Atanas
Journal of the History of Biology
Biology and Philosophy
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Freiburger Universitätsblätter
Annals of the History and Philosophy of Biology
Filosofia e História da Biologia
Universitätsbibliothek Freiburg
American Philosophical Society
Harvard University Press
University of California, Davis
Explanation; hypotheses; theories
Population genetics
Weismann, August
Wright, Sewall
Grinnell, Joseph
Fisher, Ronald Aylmer
Vries, Hugo Marie de
Dobzhansky, Theodosius
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
United States
Great Britain

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