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David Bloor - Author

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Books by David Bloor

The Enigma of the Aerofoil Rival Theories in Aerodynamics, 1909-1930

The Enigma of the Aerofoil Rival Theories in Aerodynamics, 1909-1930

Author: David Bloor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/11/2011

Why do aircraft fly? How do their wings support them? In the early years of aviation, there was an intense dispute between British and German experts over the question of why and how an aircraft wing provides lift. The British, under the leadership of the great Cambridge mathematical physicist Lord Rayleigh, produced highly elaborate investigations of the nature of discontinuous flow, while the Germans, following Ludwig Prandtl in Gottingen, relied on the tradition called technical mechanics to explain the flow of air around a wing. Much of the basis of modern aerodynamics emerged from this remarkable episode, yet it has never been subject to a detailed historical and sociological analysis. In The Enigma of the Aerofoil , David Bloor probes a neglected aspect of this important period in the history of aviation. Bloor draws upon papers by the participants - their restricted technical reports, meeting minutes, and personal correspondence, much of which has never before been published - and reveals the impact that the divergent mathematical traditions of Cambridge and Gottingen had on this great debate. Bloor also addresses why the British, even after discovering the failings of their own theory, remained resistant to the German circulation theory for more than a decade. The result is essential reading for anyone studying the history, philosophy, or sociology of science or technology - and for all those intrigued by flight.

Wittgenstein, Rules and Institutions

Wittgenstein, Rules and Institutions

Author: David Bloor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2002

Clearly and engagingly written, this volume is vital reading for students of philosophy and sociology, and anyone interested in Wittgenstein's later thought. David Bloor provides a challenging and informative evaluation of Wittgenstein's account of rules and rule-following. Arguing for a collectivist reading, Bloor offers the first consistent sociological interpretation of Wittgenstein's work for many years.

Wittgenstein, Rules and Institutions

Wittgenstein, Rules and Institutions

Author: David Bloor Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/06/1997

Clearly and engagingly written, this volume is vital reading for students of philosophy and sociology, and anyone interested in Wittgenstein's later thought. David Bloor provides a challenging and informative evaluation of Wittgenstein's account of rules and rule-following. Arguing for a collectivist reading, Bloor offers the first consistent sociological interpretation of Wittgenstein's work for many years.

Knowledge and Social Imagery

Knowledge and Social Imagery

Author: David Bloor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/1991

The first edition of this book profoundly challenged and divided students of philosophy, sociology, and the history of science when it was published in 1976. In this second edition, Bloor responds in a substantial new Afterword to the heated debates engendered by his book. Bloor's book came out as a broadside that announced a new approach to the history and philosophy of science, an approach that became known as the strong programme.' . . . Now, any book published in history and philosophy of science must take Bloor and the strong programme into account. --Robert J. Richards, University of Chicago