ERIC Number: ED318987
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Historical Shifts in the Use of Analogy in Science. Technical Report No. 498.
Gentner, Dedre; Jeziorski, Michael
Noting that analogy is widely considered to be an important mechanism of scientific thinking and a source of creative insight in theory development, this report considers the implicit constraints that determine analogical soundness. The report first examines the constraints that govern analogical reasoning as it is predicated currently. The report then traces the scientific uses of analogy through three time periods and contrasts the styles of analogizing practice by scientists at different points in history. The report concludes that the notion of analogical soundness has evolved over time. (Four tables of data, four figures, and 18 footnotes are included.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for the Study of Reading.; Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.