Aus unseren Neuerwerbungen – Sprachen und Literaturen allgemein 2022.8

How Metaphors Guide, Teach and Pop­u­lar­ize Sci­ence
BuchcoverMetaphors 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.
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The Cul­ture of Bore­dom
BuchcoverThe Cul­ture of Bore­dom is a col­lec­tion of essays by well-known spe­cial­ists reflect­ing from philo­soph­i­cal, lit­er­ary, and artis­tic per­spec­tives, in which the read­er will learn how dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines can throw light on such an appeal­ing, chal­leng­ing, yet still not ful­ly under­stood, phe­nom­e­non. The goal is to clar­i­fy the back­ground of bore­dom, and to explore its rep­re­sen­ta­tion through for­got­ten cross-cut­ting nar­ra­tives beyond the typ­i­cal approach­es, i.e. those of psy­chol­o­gy or psy­chi­a­try. For the first time this expe­ri­enced group of schol­ars gath­ers to pro­mote a cross-bor­der dia­logue from a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary per­spec­tive.
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