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Models: The Third Dimension of Science

Edited By: S De Chadarevian and Nick Hopwood

464 pages, b/w illus

Stanford University Press

Hardback | Jul 2004 | #157848 | ISBN: 0804739714
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Now that `3-D models' are so often digital displays on flat screens, it is timely to look back at the solid models that were once the third dimension of science. This book is about wooden ships and plastic molecules, wax bodies and a perspex economy, monuments in cork and mathematics in plaster, casts of diseases, habitat dioramas, and extinct monsters rebuilt in bricks and mortar. These remarkable artefacts were fixtures of laboratories and lecture halls, studios and workshops, dockyards and museums. Considering such objects together for the first time, this interdisciplinary volume demonstrates how, in research as well as in teaching, 3-D models played major roles in making knowledge. Accessible and original chapters by leading scholars highlight the special properties of models, explore the interplay between representation in two dimensions and three, and investigate the shift to modelling with computers.

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Soraya de Chadarevian is Senior Research Associate in History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University. Among her publications is Molecularizing Biology and Medicine. Nick Hopwood is Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University.

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