How Metaphors Guide, Teach and Popularize Science

| Europa-Universität Flensburg
| Independent Researcher
ISBN 9789027205070 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027261441 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
Metaphors are essential to scientists themselves and strongly influence science communication. Through careful analyses of metaphors actually used in science texts, recordings, and videos, this book explores the essential functions of conceptual metaphor in the conduct of science, teaching of science, and how scientific ideas are promoted and popularized. With an accessible introduction to theory and method this book prepares scientists, science teachers, and science writers to take advantage of recent shifts in metaphor theories and methods. Metaphor specialists will find theoretical issues explored in studies of bacteriology, cell reproduction, marine biology, physics, brain function and social psychology. We see the degree of conscious or intentional use of metaphor in shaping our conceptual systems and constraining inferences. Metaphor sources include social structure, embodied experience, abstract or mathematical formulations. The results are sometimes innovative hypotheses and robust conclusions; other times pedagogically useful, if inaccurate, stepping stones or, at worst, misleading fictions.
[Figurative Thought and Language, 6]  2020.  vi, 332 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction
Anke Beger and Thomas H. Smith
Part I. Metaphor in natural science and science education – an overview
Chapter 2. Social metaphors in cellular and molecular biology
Theodore L. Brown
Chapter 3. Coordinating metaphors in science, learning and instruction: The case of energy
Tamer G. Amin
Part II. Metaphor in science popularization – concepts of biology and biochemistry
Chapter 4. Metaphor and the popularization of contested technologies
Bettina Bock von Wülfingen
Chapter 5. To be or not to be: Reconsidering the metaphors of apoptosis in press popularisation articles
Julia T. Williams Camus
Chapter 6. Non-verbal and multimodal metaphors bring biology into the picture
José Manuel Ureña Gómez-Moreno
Part III. Metaphors in specific fields of social sciences and the humanities
Chapter 7. Three metaphors in social science: Use patterns and usefulness, separately and together
Thomas H. Smith
Chapter 8. The brain is a computer and the mind is its program : Following a metaphor’s path from its birth to teaching philosophy decades later
Anke Beger
Conclusion: When metaphors serve scientific ends
Thomas H. Smith and Anke Beger
“All in all, this is an inspirational book which is informative and practical, and it makes a valuable contribution to a rapidly expanding body of literature on metaphor studies in this exciting and vibrant field of pragmatics.”
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Communication Studies

Communication Studies
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2019058032 | Marc record