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Theoria. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia

Volume 17, Issue 2, Mayo 2002

Jed Z. Buchwald
Pages 243-263

Notas Sobre Conocimiento Inarticulado, Experimentacion Y Traduccion

Debate among scientists is frequently hampered by intense difficulties in communicating and translating their viewpoints. This well-known fact illustrates the role of unarticulated core knowledge in the activities of sientific communities. But it has been little noticed that the issue afficts not just written science, but especially traditions of experimental activity and their products, including instruments and techniques. The question is addressed on the basis of examples from the history of optics and electromagnetism - Fresnel and Brewster, Maxwell and Hertz - and texts from Kuhn's Structure. Particular attention is paid to interrelations between succeeding theories, and to the notorious problem of theory-choice.