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Edison, Science and Artefacts

Wills, Ian (2007) Edison, Science and Artefacts. In: [2007] &HPS1: Integrated History and Philosophy of Science 1.

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    This paper contrasts the approach Thomas Edison used when dealing with his claim to have discovered a new force of nature, etheric force, to the approach he used to create successful inventions. It argues that he failed in this adventure into scientific theory making because an erroneous view of science led him to abandon techniques that made him America's most successful inventor. From this I develop an argument for viewing experimental science as an artefact creation process, like inventing, in which two of the artefacts created are theories and demonstration experiments that support the theories.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Thomas Edison; etheric force; wireless; invention; theories; artefact creation; experiment.
    Subjects: General Issues > Technology
    General Issues > Experimentation
    Conferences and Volumes: [2007] &HPS1: Integrated History and Philosophy of Science 1
    Depositing User: Ian Wills
    Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2007
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:15
    Item ID: 3541
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3541

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