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The Creation of Ideas in Physics

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Beschreibung

The unusual ambition of this volume is to engage scientists, historians, and philosophers in a common quest to delineate the structure of the creative thinking responsible for major advances in physical theory. The topic does not fit anyone discipline's proprietary interests, and can only be pursued cooperatively. This volume was conceived in the hope that the importance of learning something general about how theories are developed and what makes the difference between productive and abortive directions of theo retical inquiry could overcome well-known barriers to such cooperation. The volume originated in a conference held at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1988, as an installment of the annual Greensboro Symposium in Philosophy. Most of the papers descend from papers pre sented on that occasion. The authors are well known in their own disciplines, but should be identified to the wider audience for interdisciplinary work in science studies. Rafael Sorkin, of Syracuse University, and Don Page, of the University of Alberta, are theoretical physicists who have done research in quantum gravity and cosmology. John Stachel, a physicist at Boston University, is widely known as the Director of the Einstein Project and editor of Einstein's papers. William Harper, a historian of science and philosopher at the University of Western Ontario, is a Newton scholar and specialist in decision theory.

Klappentext

emThe Creation of Ideas in Physics: Studies for a Methodology of Theory/em emConstruction/em is a collection of essays by physicists, philosophers, and historians about how physical theories are developed. It includes major, new studies of Newton's methods and of the genesis of the theories of relativity. Also featured are reflective analyses of the alternatives facing contemporary theoretical physicists investigating problems in cosmology and quantum gravity. The book is rich in critical interactions among the authors. Its unusual ambition is to engage thinkers in the diverse disciplines of science studies in a common quest to delineate the creative thinking responsible for major advances in physical theory. The volume explores the possibility of learning something general about what distinguishes productive from abortive directions of theoretical inquiry, something that both illuminates the nature of scientific thought and enriches the methodological prescriptions that guide research. br/



Inhalt

Preface. Introduction; J. Leplin. On the Methods of Science, D. Shapere. Eliminative Induction as a Method of Discovery: How Einstein Discovered General Relativity; J.D. Norton. The Manifold of Possibilities: Comments on John Norton; J. Stachel. Einstein's Luckiest Thought; R. Torretti. Einstein's Methodology of Discovery was Newtonian Deduction from the Phenomena; J. Dorling. Newton's New Way of Inquiry; W. Harper, G. Smith. A Specimen of Theory Construction from Quantum Gravity; R.D. Sorkin. The Hartle-Hawking Proposal for the Quantum State of the Universe; D.N. Page. On the Introduction of New Ideas in Science; D. Shapere. Prior Information and the Development of New Ideas: The Copenahgen Family of Theories; A. Cordero. Subject Index. Name Index.

Produktinformationen

Titel: The Creation of Ideas in Physics
Untertitel: Studies for a Methodology of Theory Construction
Editor:
EAN: 9789401040211
ISBN: 9401040214
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Springer Netherlands
Anzahl Seiten: 268
Gewicht: 434g
Größe: H240mm x B160mm x T14mm
Jahr: 2012
Auflage: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1995

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