Book ID: CBB001213154

In Search of Mechanisms: Discoveries across the Life Sciences (2013)


Craver, Carl F. (Author)
Darden, Lindley (Author)

University of Chicago Press

Publication Date: 2013
Physical Details: 256 pp.; ill.
Language: English

Neuroscientists investigate the mechanisms of spatial memory. Molecular biologists study the mechanisms of protein synthesis and the myriad mechanisms of gene regulation. Ecologists study nutrient cycling mechanisms and their devastating imbalances in estuaries such as the Chesapeake Bay. In fact, much of biology and its history involves biologists constructing, evaluating, and revising their understanding of mechanisms. With In Search of Mechanisms, Carl F. Craver and Lindley Darden offer both a descriptive and an instructional account of how biologists discover mechanisms. Drawing on examples from across the life sciences and through the centuries, Craver and Darden compile an impressive toolbox of strategies that biologists have used and will use again to reveal the mechanisms that produce, underlie, or maintain the phenomena characteristic of living things. They discuss the questions that figure in the search for mechanisms, characterizing the experimental, observational, and conceptual considerations used to answer them, all the while providing examples from the history of biology to highlight the kinds of evidence and reasoning strategies employed to assess mechanisms. At a deeper level, Craver and Darden pose a systematic view of what biology is, of how biology makes progress, of how biological discoveries are and might be made, and of why knowledge of biological mechanisms is important for the future of the human species.

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Authors & Contributors
Carvallo, Sarah
Scholl, Raphael
Ceccarelli, Marco
Weinert, Friedel
Waller, John C.
Tresch, John
Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
University of Chicago Press
Springer International Publishing
W. W. Norton & Co.
Discovery in science
Science, general histories
Mechanism; mechanical philosophy
Discovery in medicine
Technological innovation
Science and culture
Sherrington, Charles Scott
Mitchell, Peter Chalmers
Sutherland, Earl W.
Stahl, Georg Ernst
Merchant, Carolyn
Magendie, François
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
18th century
17th century
Early modern

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