By Davis Baird
Western philosophers have routinely focused on conception because the capacity for expressing wisdom a few number of phenomena. This soaking up booklet demanding situations this basic inspiration by way of displaying how gadgets themselves, particularly clinical tools, can convey wisdom. As he considers quite a few interesting examples, Davis Baird supplies us the instruments to ''read'' the fabric items of technology and know-how and to appreciate their position in tradition. creating a provocative and unique problem to our belief of data itself, factor wisdom calls for that we take a brand new examine theories of technology and expertise, wisdom, development, and alter. Baird considers a variety of tools, together with Faraday's first electrical motor, eighteenth-century mechanical versions of the sun approach, the cyclotron, quite a few tools constructed via analytical chemists among 1930 and 1960, spectrometers, and extra. Illustrations: 23 b/w images, 24 line illustrations, 2 tables
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This calculation established the resonance principle (Livingston and Blewett 1962, p. 140; Lawrence 1965, p. 431).  I have just sketched out in qualitative terms the argument for the resonance principle. More precisely, the argument runs as follows: Consider an ion of mass m and charge e moving with velocity v in a magnetic field, B. The magnetic field exerts a force on the ion of magnitude evB. The direction of this force is perpendicular both to the motion of the ion and to the magnetic field.
S. Livingston in a discussion of McMillan's paper). Edlefsen left Berkeley in the summer of 1930, and Lawrence gave the problem to another student, M. S. Livingston. Livingston first attempted to reconstruct Edlefsen's work. He found it hard to achieve a good vacuum with Edlefsen's materials. In their place, Livingston fashioned a vacuum chamber out of a brass ring and brass cover plates; he used sealing wax to seal the vacuum. He enlarged the diameter on the magnet poles to four inches, and he only used one D-shaped electrode; the other "dummy-D" was formed by a slotted bar (Livingston 1985, p.
He did this not by logic but by serendipity. (The logical approach—which we would certainly have used had it proved necessary—would have been: first, to assume Chargaff's rules were correct and thus consider only the pairs suggested by these rules, and second to look for the dyadic symmetry suggested by the C2 space group shown by the fiber patterns. ) In a sense Jim's discovery was luck, but then most discoveries have an element of luck in them. " This episode also demonstrates that play is often important in research.
Thing Knowledge: A Philosophy of Scientific Instruments by Davis Baird