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How the Laws of Physics Lie

ISBN-10: 0198247044
ISBN-13: 9780198247043
Edition: 1983
Authors: Nancy Cartwright
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Description: In this sequence of philosophical essays about natural science, Nancy Cartwright argues that fundamental explanatory laws, the deepest and most admired successes of modern physics, do not in fact describe the regularities that exist in nature. Yet  More...

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Book details

List price: $48.95
Copyright year: 1983
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/7/1983
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 230
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

In this sequence of philosophical essays about natural science, Nancy Cartwright argues that fundamental explanatory laws, the deepest and most admired successes of modern physics, do not in fact describe the regularities that exist in nature. Yet she is not `anti-realist'. Rather, she draws a novel distinction, arguing that theoretical entities, and the complex and localized laws that describe them, can be interpreted realistically, but that the simple unifying laws of basic theory cannot.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Causal Laws and Effective Strategies
The Truth Doesn't Explain Much
Do the Laws of Physics State the Facts?
The Reality of Causes In a World of Instrumental Laws
When Explanation Leads to Inference
For Phenomenological Laws
Fitting Facts to Equations
The Simulacrum Account of Explanation
How the Measurement Problem Is an Artefact of the Mathematics
Appendix; an Experiment to Test Reduction of the Wave Packet
Author Index
Subject Index

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