Philosophical Concepts in Physics The Historical Relation Between Philosophy and Scientific Theories
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Description: 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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List price: $121.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/29/1998
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
|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 law of universal gravitation|
|Some old questions revisited|
|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|
|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?|
|The goals of science and the status of its knowledge|