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Nancy Joan Nersessian
Georgia Tech (Atlanta, GA 30332-0001)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2005 – 6/30/2006

Human Creativity in Science: An Integrated Look

Science is one of the greatest human achievements. Yet we lack deep understanding of the processes through which scientific understandings are generated. Further, what accounts do exist tend to focus exclusively either on "cognitive" or "cultural" factors, which are seen as separate interpretive categories. Yet the practice of science requires the sophisticated kind of cognition that only rich social, cultural, and material environments can enable. This project seeks to develop an account of the interplay of cognition and culture in perhaps the most "cognitive" of human activities: reasoning. It aims at an account in which cognition and culture are mutually implicative in the modeling practices that create novel understandings of nature.