How the Laws of Physics Lie
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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 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Copyright year: 1983
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/7/1983
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
|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|