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Theory and Measurement

Theory and Measurement

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy

  • Date Published: April 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521108584

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  • Measurement is fundamental to all the sciences, the behavioural and social as well as the physical and in the latter its results provide our paradigms of 'objective fact'. But the basis and justification of measurement is not well understood and is often simply taken for granted. Henry Kyburg Jr proposes here an original, carefully worked out theory of the foundations of measurement, to show how quantities can be defined, why certain mathematical structures are appropriate to them and what meaning attaches to the results generated. Crucial to his approach is the notion of error - it can not be eliminated entirely from its introduction and control, her argues, arises the very possibility of measurement. Professor Kyburg's approach emphasises the empirical process of making measurements. In developing it he discusses vital questions concerning the general connection between a scientific theory and the results which support it (or fail to).

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    • Date Published: April 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521108584
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Introduction
    2. Machinery
    3. Relative strength
    4. Measurement of length
    5. Direct measurement
    6. Indirect measurement
    7. Systematic measurement
    8. Reduction of dimensions and fundamental units
    9. Error: random and non-random
    10. Interpersonal agreement
    11. Theory and measurement
    Bibliography
    List of main notation
    Index.

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    Henry E. Kyburg, Jr

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