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The Dappled World : A Study of the Boundaries of Science - Nancy Cartwright

The Dappled World

A Study of the Boundaries of Science

Hardcover Published: 1st September 1999
ISBN: 9780521643368
Number Of Pages: 260

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It is often supposed that the spectacular successes of our modern mathematical sciences support a lofty vision of a world completely ordered by one single elegant theory. In this book Nancy Cartwright argues to the contrary. When we draw our image of the world from the way modern science works - as empiricism teaches us we should - we end up with a world where some features are precisely ordered, others are given to rough regularity and still others behave in their own diverse ways. This patchwork makes sense when we realise that laws are very special productions of nature, requiring very special arrangements for their generation. Combining classic and newly written essays on physics and economics, The Dappled World carries important philosophical consequences and offers serious lessons for both the natural and the social sciences.

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'Written with a literary sensitivity, knocks numerous nails square on the head ... provides a wonderful antidote to the abundant quack-medicine views of what science is and an excellent example of progress in philosophical thought.' Times Higher Education Supplement

Where Do Laws of Nature Come From?
Fundamentalism versus the patchwork of laws
Fables and models
Nomological machines and the laws they produce
Laws and their Limits
Aristotelian natures and the modern experimental method
Causal diversity, causal stability
Ceteris paribus laws and the socio-economic machines
Probability machines: chance set-ups and economic models
The Boundaries of Quantum and Classical Physics and the Territories they Share
How bridge principles set the domain of quantum theory
How quantum and classical theories relate
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ISBN: 9780521643368
ISBN-10: 0521643368
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 1st September 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5