Integrating Scientific Disciplines

  • Editors
  • William Bechtel

Part of the Science and Philosophy book series (SCPH, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. William Bechtel
      Pages 3-52
  3. The Coming Together of Biochemistry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Ahmed Abdelal
      Pages 55-58
  4. Dobzhansky’s Contribution to the Evolutionary Synthesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Robert Brandon
      Pages 109-111
    3. John Beatty
      Pages 125-135
  5. Incorparating Development Biology into the Evolutionary Synthesis

  6. Extending Cognitive Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Adele Abrahamsen
      Pages 237-241
    3. E. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, William D. Hopkins
      Pages 243-262
    4. Robert C. Richardson
      Pages 263-283
  7. Infusing Cognitive Approaches into Animal Ethology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 293-293
    2. James L. Pate
      Pages 295-296
    3. William A. Mason
      Pages 297-307
    4. Duane M. Rumbaugh, Graham M. Sterritt
      Pages 309-322
    5. Rita E. Anderson
      Pages 323-336
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 345-354

About this book


Interdisciplinary research has been a popular idea with many people in the last 20 years. Academic administrators have admonished their faculty to become more interdisciplinary. Students often request the chance to pursue an interdisciplinary degree. While the issue of managing interdisciplinary projects has received a fair amount of attention by those interested in science management, interdisciplinary research has received little attention from historians, philosophers or sociologists of science or from scientists themselves. Yet, there l;lre a number of cases within the life sciences where researchers have been actively engaged in endeavors that take them across disciplinary boundaries. These are ripe for investigation by those interested in the process of science. To provide an in-depth study of some historical or contemporary cases of cross­ disciplinary research activity in the life sciences, a conference was held at Georgia State University in May, 1984. This conference was supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (U. S. A. ) through their research conference program. Over a three-day period historians, philosophers, and researchers who were actively engaged in various of the life sciences discussed specific examples of interdisciplinary research and tried to analyze what was needed for successful crossing of disciplinary boundaries. After the conference, each of the participants revised their original presentations, partly in light of the discussion at the conference. The papers in this volume are the fruits of that endeavor.


Case Studies Enzo Paci cognition cognitive science communication embryo idea integration interdisciplinary management media nature project projects science

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-247-3342-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-9435-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-4697
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