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1995

Rhetoric and Composition

Iowa State University

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Rhetoric And Metaphor In The Emergence Of Modern Physics , Richard David Johnson Jan 1995

Rhetoric And Metaphor In The Emergence Of Modern Physics , Richard David Johnson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation offers a series of rhetorical analyses of the seminal papers of the quantum theory. Specifically, it discusses the central role that metaphors play in the invention of new scientific arguments that form the basis of schools of scientific thought. The theory of metaphor that is developed for analysis is situated into the tradition of the rhetoric of the "older" sophists of ancient Greece. Metaphor, or more accurately 'trope,' was a constitutive feature of sophistic beliefs about language and rhetoric. Applied to scientific texts, the sophistic understanding of metaphor illustrates how scientific beliefs can be brought into contrast, leading ...