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Thagard, P. & Hardy, S. (1992) Visual thinking and the development of Dalton's atomic theory. Proceedings of the Ninth Canadian Conference on Artificial Intelligence. Vancouver. 30--37. `

  author = 	 {Thagard, Paul and 
              Hardy, Susan},
  title = 	 {Visual thinking and the development of
Dalton's atomic theory},
  year = 	 {1992},
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  volume = 	 {},
  number = 	 {},
  pages = 	 {},
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Author of the summary: Jim Davies, 2001, jim@jimdavies.org

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There is anecdotal evidence or the importance of visual thinking in science like Bohr, Botzmann, Einstein, Faraday, Heisenberg, Helmholtz, Herschel, Kekule, Maxwell, Poincare, Tesla, Watson, and Watt (Miller 1984; Nersessian 1992; Shepard 1988).

This paper shows some text by Dalton that indicates he used a diagram he made to work through his scientific thinking. He also used visual analogies to describe spatial relationships.

This paper shows it's important to use a hierarchical and 3d representation to describe Dalton's thinking.

This work adds a primitive functions for spatial reasoning to Glasgow and Papadias' (1998): Surround. It places a new entry in every place adjacent (in 3d.)


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