Philosophy of the Vascular Tree
A number of aspects stem from the study of vascular development that are suited to a historical and conceptual analysis and are at present poorly investigated. Such an analysis could show how this scientific domain has developed and what meaning research conducted in this field has for science in general and for the development of scientific ideas or methodologies. We have already discussed some of these issues, and they are revisited in this chapter. However, I give herein a more conceptual perspective and my personal view on the subject. I focus on selected issues, including the analysis of paradigm changes, conceptual categories, cross-fertilization of fields, technological advances and impact on angiogenesis, evolutionary considerations, molecular proximity of different systems, and methodological considerations.
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