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Energy, Force and Matter : The Conceptual Development of Nineteenth-Century Physics - Peter M. Harman

Energy, Force and Matter

The Conceptual Development of Nineteenth-Century Physics

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Published: 19th July 1982
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By focusing on the conceptual issues faced by nineteenth century physicists, this book clarifies the status of field theory, the ether, and thermodynamics in the work of the period. A remarkably synthetic account of a difficult and fragmentary period in scientific development.

"This is an interesting and well-written account of the transition of physics at the end of the 18th century as a synonym for natural philosophy to a distinct natural science with definite characteristics by the end of the 19th century." A.S. Crowell, Science Books & Films "...for each chapter...a valuable extensive bibiliograhic essay...for reference and further reading." A.D. Crowell, Science Books & Films

Preface
Introduction: The conceptual structure of nineteenth-century physics
The context of physical theory: energy, force and matter
Energy physics and mechanical explanation
Matter and force: ether and field theories
Matter theory: problems of molecular physics
Epilogue: the decline of the mechanical world view
Bibliographic essay
Sources of Quotations
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521288125
ISBN-10: 0521288126
Series: Cambridge Studies in the History of Science
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 19th July 1982
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.26