Metaphor and Knowledge : The Challenges of Writing Science
Metaphor and Knowledge offers a sweeping history of rhetoric and metaphor in science, delving into questions about how language constitutes knowledge. Weaving together insights from a group of scientists at the Santa Fe Institute as they shape the new interdisciplinary field of complexity science, Ken Baake shows the difficulty of writing science when word meanings are unsettled, and he analyzes the power of metaphor in science.
- Paperback | 255 pages
- 162.05 x 226.57 x 14.22mm | 354g
- 17 Jul 2003
- State University of New York Press
- Albany, NY, United States
- Total Illustrations: 0
"Whenever scientists are involved in interdisciplinary projects to simulate phenomena of complex physico-chemical, biotic, or socio-economic systems, they are bound to face communication problems while applying basic disciplinary terms and using metaphors for their conceptual models. As a biologist, I found this analysis of language issues among scientists to be rigorous and thought-provoking. ..."
About Ken Baake
Ken Baake is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Technical Communication at Texas Tech University.