Do Radical Discoveries Require Ontological Shifts?

Michelene Chi, Robert G M Hausmann

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Abstract

Research in the history of scienti?c innovations reveals that apart from the usual textbook presentations of how science advances, there are-especially in the early, private stages of individual scientists' work-a great number of different procedures in actual use of which the final published papers rarely give even a hint. Examples of these often essential but largely hidden mechanisms of scientific innovation are given from the study of works by Johannes Kepler, Henri Poincaré, Enrico Fermi, and the discoverers of high-temperature superconductivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe International Handbook on Innovation
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Pages429-421
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780080524849, 9780080441986
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 16 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Contemporary science
  • Emergent systems
  • History of science
  • Ontological shift
  • Representation
  • Scientific discovery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Chi, M., & Hausmann, R. G. M. (2003). Do Radical Discoveries Require Ontological Shifts? In The International Handbook on Innovation (pp. 429-421). Elsevier Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-008044198-6/50030-9