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The Philosophy of Physics

The Philosophy of Physics

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Part of The Evolution of Modern Philosophy

  • Date Published: October 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521565714

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  • This magisterial study of the philosophy of physics both introduces the subject to the nonspecialist and contains many original and important contributions for professionals in the area. Modern physics was born as a part of philosophy and has retained to this day a properly philosophical concern for the clarity and coherence of ideas. Any introduction to the philosophy of physics must therefore focus on the conceptual development of physics itself. This book pursues that development from Galileo and Newton through Maxwell and Boltzmann to Einstein and the founders of quantum mechanics. There is also discussion of important philosophers of physics in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and of twentieth century debates.

    • First volume in a new series on the history of philosophy
    • Torretti is a big name in the field
    • Books on philosophy of physics can do well for us e.g. Sklar/Physics and Chance
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    Reviews & endorsements

    " astonishingly rich and detailed summary of the principal theories in physics from Galileo to the present day, explaining their historical, conceptual, interpretive, speculative, and empirical sources.... this book is extraordinarily rich in excellent history, from the ancient Greeks to the present.... Those willing to put in the work needed to study this book will be rewarded with what I believe is a most worthwhile perspective on the legacy we have inherited from Galileo onward." Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521565714
    • length: 532 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The transformation of natural philosophy in the seventeenth century
    2. Newton
    3. Kant
    4. The rich nineteenth century
    5. Relativity
    6. Quantum mechanics
    7. Perspectives and reflections

  • Author

    Roberto Torretti, University of Puerto Rico

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