Article ID: CBB001210576

Reassessing Discovery: Rosalind Franklin, Scientific Visualization, and the Structure of DNA (2012)


Philosophers have traditionally conceived of discovery in terms of internal cognitive acts. Close consideration of Rosalind Franklin's role in the discovery of the DNA double helix, however, reveals some problems with this traditional conception. This article argues that defining discovery in terms of mental operations entails problematic conclusions and excludes acts that should fall within the domain of discovery. It proposes that discovery be expanded to include external acts of making visible. Doing so allows for a reevaluation of Franklin's role in the discovery of the structure of DNA.

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Authors & Contributors
Brzović, Zdenka
Hall, Kersten T.
Yi, Doogab
Witkowski, Jan A.
Šustar, Predrag
Strauss, Bernard S.
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Physics World
Journal of the History of Biology
Physics Today
Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Wallstein Verlag
Oxford University Press
Harper Collins
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
Associação de Filosofia e História da Ciência do Cone Sul
Academic Press
Molecular biology
Discovery in science
Franklin, Rosalind
Watson, James Dewey
Crick, Francis
Wilkins, Maurice Hugh Frederick
Helmont, Jan Baptista van
Berg, Paul
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century
20th century, early
21st century
Great Britain
Stanford University
Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research
Human Genome Project
Cavendish Laboratory

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