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Discovering Complexity
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In Discovering Complexity, William Bechtel and Robert Richardson examine two heuristics that guided the development of mechanistic models in the life sciences: decomposition and localization.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Preface to the MIT Press Edition
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface to the Original Edition
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction: Discovering Complexity—Further Perspectives
  2. pp. xvii-liv
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  1. Part I. Scientific Discovery and Rationality
  2. p. 1
  1. Chapter 1. Cognitive Strategies and Scientific Discovery
  2. pp. 3-16
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  1. Chapter 2. Complex Systems and Mechanistic Explanations
  2. pp. 17-32
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  1. Part II. Emerging Mechanisms
  2. p. 33
  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 35-38
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  1. Chapter 3. Identifying the Locus of Control
  2. pp. 39-62
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  1. Chapter 4. Direct Localization
  2. pp. 63-92
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  1. Chapter 5. The Rejection of Mechanism
  2. pp. 93-116
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  1. Part III. Elaborating Mechanisms
  2. p. 117
  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 119-124
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  1. Chapter 6. Complex Localization
  2. pp. 125-148
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  1. Chapter 7. Integrated Mechanisms
  2. pp. 149-172
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  1. Chapter 8. Reconstituting the Phenomena
  2. pp. 173-195
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  1. Part IV. Emergent Mechanism
  2. p. 197
  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 199-201
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  1. Chapter 9. "Emergent" Phenomena in Interconnected Networks
  2. pp. 202-229
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  1. Chapter 10. Constructing Causal Explanations
  2. pp. 230-244
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 245-256
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  1. References
  2. pp. 257-280
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 281-286
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