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Why do biologists use so many diagrams?

Sheredos, Benjamin and Burnston, Daniel and Abrahamsen, Adele and Bechtel, William (2012) Why do biologists use so many diagrams? In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

Diagrams have distinctive characteristics that make them an effective medium for communicating research findings, but they are even more impressive as tools for scientific reasoning. Focusing on circadian rhythm research in biology to explore these roles, we examine diagrammatic formats that have been devised (a) to identify and illuminate circadian phenomena and (b) to develop and modify mechanistic explanations of these phenomena.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Sheredos, Benjaminsheredos@ucsd.edu
Burnston, Danieldburnsto@ucsd.edu
Abrahamsen, Adeleadele@crl.ucsd.edu
Bechtel, Williambill@mechanism.ucsd.edu
Keywords: Diagrams, circadian rhythms, mechanistic explanations
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Professor William Bechtel
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2012 12:25
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2012 20:14
Item ID: 9345
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9345

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