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Geophysics, Realism, and Industry: How Commercial Interests Shaped Geophysical Conceptions, 1900-1960

Aitor Anduaga
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EBook; Book; Online
Published
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
ISBN
9780191816529
Summary
Did industry and commerce affect the concepts, values and epistemic foundations of different sciences? If so, how and to what extent? This book suggests that the most significant influence of industry on science in the two case studies treated here had to do with the issue of realism. Using wave propagation as the common thread, it simultaneously analyses the emergence of realist attitudes towards the entities of the ionosphere and of the Earth's crust. However, what led physicists and engineers to adopt realist attitudes? This book suggests that a new kind of realism - a realism of social and cultural origins - is the answer: a preliminary, entity realism responding to specific commercial and engineering interests, and a realism that was neither strictly instrumental nor exclusively operational.
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1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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