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The Language of Physics

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'This work is the first explicit examination of the key role that mathematics has played in the development of theoretical physics and will undoubtedly challenge the more conventional accounts of its historical development. Although mathematics has long been regarded as the "language" of physics, the connections between these independent disciplines have been far more complex and intimate than previous narratives have shown. The author convincingly demonstrates that practices, methods, and language shaped the development of the field, and are a key to understanding the mergence of the modern academic discipline. Mathematicians and physicists, as well as historians of both disciplines, will find this provocative work of great interest.

"Garber discusses an interesting part of scientific development, using examples of theoretical physics and their historical steps."

---Mathematical Reviews

"Garber argues her case convincingly... A very valuable addition to the existing literature on the history of modern physics. The book is also well written... Those who make an effort to follow the argument will gain many new insights and obtain a fresh outlook at the mathematization of physics in the 18th and 19th centuries."

---Physics World


I: Introduction.- Mathematics and Modern Physics.- Modern Physics.- Earlier Historical Approaches to Modern Physics.- Mathematics as Language.- Organization of the Text.- I: Eighteenth-Century Science.- II: Vibrating Strings and Eighteenth-Century Mechanics.- Mathematics from Physics.- Ignoring Physics.- Eighteenth-Century Mechanics and the History of Physics.- III: Eighteenth-Century Physics and Mathematics: A Reassessment.- Physics as Experimental Philosophy.- The Practice of Mathematics.- The Intellectual Geography of Physics and Mathematics.- The Social Geography of Physics and Mathematics.- II: Transitions, 1790-1830.- IV: "Empirical Literalism": Mathematical Versus Experimental Physics in France, 1790-1830.- Changes in Social Geography, 1790-1830.- Experimental Physics.- Electricity and Magnetism.- Heat.- Light and Elasticity.- French Mathematics and Physics c. 1830: Some Conclusions.- V: On the Margins: Experimental Physics and Mathematics in the German States, 1790-1830.- Prologue.- Physics and Mathematics in the German States, 1790-1830.- University Reform and Career Opportunities.- Changes in Physics in the 1820s.- Changes in Mathematics in the 1820s.- VI: On the Margins: Experimental Philosophy and Mathematics in Britain, 1790-1830.- Social Institutions.- Natural Philosophy and the Universities.- Intellectual Organization of Research, 1800-1820.- Mathematics in Britain, 1790-1820.- Natural Philosophy and Mathematics in the 1820s.- III: Transformations, 1830-1870.- VII: From Natural Philosophy and "Mixed Mathematics" to Theoretical and Experimental Physics: Britain, 1830-1870.- Keywords.- The Crucial Turn: the 1830s.- Cambridge University, the Cambridge Mathematical Journal, and Theoretical Physics.- William Thomson.- George Gabriel Stokes.- James Clerk Maxwell.- VIII: Physics and Mathematics in the German States, 1830-1870.- Mathematical Physics as Mathematics.- The Transformation of Physics: The First Generation.- Franz Neumann.- Wilhelm Weber.- Clausius and Helmholtz.- IV: Conclusions and Epilogue.- IX: Physics About 1870 and the "Decline" of French Physics.- The "Decline" of French Physics.- Some Conclusions.- X: Epilogue: Forging New Relationships: 1870-1914.- The Limitations of Autonomy.- Mathematics in Physics.- Beyond the Calculus.- Physicists Versus Mathematicians.

Informations sur le produit

Titre: The Language of Physics
Code EAN: 9781461272724
ISBN: 1461272726
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: Birkhäuser Boston
nombre de pages: 424
Poids: 639g
Taille: H235mm x B155mm x T22mm
Année: 2012
Auflage: 1999