Philosophical Concepts in Physics The Historical Relation Between Philosophy and Scientific Theories

ISBN-10: 052157823X

ISBN-13: 9780521578233

Edition: 1997

Authors: James T. Cushing

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A selection of philosophical issues are examined in the context of specific episodes in the development of physical theories. Advances in science are presented against the historical and philosophical backgrounds in which they occurred.
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Book details

List price: $121.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/29/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Preface
The Scientific Enterprise
Ways of knowing
Aristotle and Francis Bacon
Science and metaphysics
Ancient and Modern Models of the Universe
Observational astronomy and the Ptolemaic model
The Copernican model and Kepler's laws
Galileo on motion
The Newtonian Universe
Newton's Principia
Newton's law of universal gravitation
Some old questions revisited
A Perspective
Galileo's Letter to the Grand Duchess
An overarching Newtonian framework
A view of the world based on science: determinism
Mechanical Versus Electrodynamical World Views
Models of the aether
Maxwell's theory
The Kaufmann experiments
The Theory of Relativity
The background to and essentials of special relativity
Further logical consequences of Einstein's postulates
General relativity and the expanding universe
The Quantum World and the Completeness of Quantum Mechanics
The road to quantum mechanics
'Copenhage' quantum mechanics
Is quantum mechanics complete?
Some Philosophical Lessons from Quantum Mechanics
The EPR paper and Bell's theorem
An alternative version of quantum mechanics
An essential role for historical contingency?
A Retrospective
The goals of science and the status of its knowledge
Notes
General references
Bibliography
Author index
Subject index
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