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Chaos Theory and the Challenge of Learning across Disciplines

Stephen H. Kellert



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University of Chicago Press
01 December 2008
What happens to scientific knowledge when researchers outside the natural sciences bring elements of the latest trend across disciplinary boundaries for their own purposes? Researchers in fields from anthropology to family therapy and traffic planning employ the concepts, methods, and results of chaos theory to harness the disciplinary prestige of the natural sciences, to motivate methodological change or conceptual reorganization within their home discipline, and to justify public policies and aesthetic judgments. Using the recent explosion in the use (and abuse) of chaos theory, Borrowed Knowledge and the Challenge of Learning across Disciplines examines the relationship between science and other disciplines as well as the place of scientific knowledge within our broader culture. Stephen H. Kellert?s detailed investigation of the myriad uses of chaos theory reveals serious problems that can arise in the interchange between science and other knowledge-making pursuits, as well as opportunities for constructive interchange. By engaging with recent debates about interdisciplinary research, Kellert contributes a theoretical vocabulary and a set of critical frameworks for the rigorous examination of borrowing.
By:   Stephen H. Kellert
Imprint:   University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 165mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   556g
ISBN:   9780226429786
ISBN 10:   0226429784
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   01 December 2008
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Stephen H. Kellert is professor of philosophy at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Reviews for Borrowed Knowledge: Chaos Theory and the Challenge of Learning across Disciplines

Over the next several decades, we will continue to see the issues raised in Borrowed Knowledge and the Challenge of Learning across Disciplines as important to understanding both the natural and human sciences. - Douglas Kiel, University of Texas at Dallas

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