Making Truth : Metaphor in Science
A new perspective on how scientists reason about the world, design and interpret experiments and communicate with one another and with the larger society outside science.
- Hardback | 232 pages
- 154.94 x 226.06 x 30.48mm | 430.91g
- 01 Jun 2003
- University of Illinois Press
- Baltimore, United States
Table of contents
Scientific thought and practice; introduction to metaphor; the conceptual theory of metaphor; the classical atom; the modern atom; molecular models in chemistry and biology; protein folding; cellular-level metaphors; global warming; science's metaphorical foundations - the social in science.
"Anyone with a serious interest in science must read this book. In it, Brown demonstrates that metaphorical thought is central in all branches of science, just as it is in everyday life and mathematics. Particles as waves, time as a spatial dimension, gravity as the curvature of space-time, ion channels, protein folding. All these crucial scientific metaphors--and many more--allow us to understand science in terms of our embodied experience, build comprehensible models, make predictions, and perform precise calculations." -- George Lakoff, coauthor of Metaphors We Live By, Philosophy in the Flesh, and Where Mathematics Comes From "This is an important book. Scientists will find it thought-provoking, and science teachers will find it a gold mine. Indeed, this book could be transforming for science education at the elementary, high school, and introductory college level." -- Linda S. Wilson, president emerita of Radcliffe College and coauthor of Who Succeeds in Science? The Gender Dimension