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"Davis Baird's "Thing Knowledge" uses instruments to do philosophy. Grappling with a wonderful assortment of objects--from antique orreries to modern spectrographs--he draws the reader deep into fascinating questions about the nature of knowledge. All too often, the knowledge Baird pursues here has been obscured by accounts that reduce understanding to theory. By contrast, in this rich text Baird shows the myriad of ways that models and devices do work in science: by representing, by manipulating, by measuring, and by ...

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    • Title: Thing Knowledge by Davis Baird
    • Publisher: University of California Press
    • Print ISBN: 9780520232495, 0520232496
    • eText ISBN: 9780520928206
    • Edition: 2004 1st edition
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