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The Invention of Physical Science : Intersections of Mathematics, Theology and Natural Philosophy Since the Seventeenth Century Essays in Honor of Erwin N. Hiebert - Mary Jo Nye

The Invention of Physical Science

Intersections of Mathematics, Theology and Natural Philosophy Since the Seventeenth Century Essays in Honor of Erwin N. Hiebert

By: Mary Jo Nye (Editor), Joan L. Richards (Editor), Roger H. Stuewer (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th September 1992
ISBN: 9780792317531
Number Of Pages: 278

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Modern physical science is constituted by specialized scientific fields rooted in experimental laboratory work and in rational and mathematical representations. Contemporary scientific explanation is rigorously differentiated from religious interpretation, although, to be sure, scientists sometimes do the philosophical work of interpreting the metaphysics of space, time, and matter. However, it is rare that either theologians or philosophers convincingly claim that they are doing the scientific work of physical scientists and mathematicians.
The rigidity of these divisions and differentiations is relatively new. Modern physical science was invented slowly and gradually through interactions of the aims and contents of mathematics, theology, and natural philosophy since the seventeenth century. In essays ranging in focus from seventeenth-century interpretations of heavenly comets to twentieth-century explanations of tracks in bubble chambers, ten historians of science demonstrate metaphysical and theological threads continuing to underpin the epistemology and practice of the physical sciences and mathematics, even while they became disciplinary specialties during the last three centuries. The volume is prefaced by tributes to Erwin N. Hiebert, whose teaching and scholarship have addressed and inspired attention to these issues.

Editorial Preface
A Personal Appreciation. Erwin Nick Hiebert. The Wisconsin Years
A Personal Appreciation. Erwin Nick Hiebert. The Harvard Years
Natural Theology, Natural Philosophy and the Certainty of Mathematics
Devils' Hells and Astronomers' Heavens: Religion, Method, and Popular Culture in Speculations about Life on Cometsp. 3
The Doctrine of Chances without Chance: Determinism, Mathematical Probability, and Quantification in the Seventeenth Centuryp. 27
God, Truth, and Mathematics in Nineteenth-Century Englandp. 51
Problems of Contingency, Coherence, and Truth
Theologians, Science, and Theories of Truth in Nineteenth-Century Germanyp. 81
Equivalence, Pragmatic Platonism, and Discovery of the Calculusp. 97
The Aims and Foundations of Physical Science: The Cases of Electrical Physics, Psychophysics, and Physical Chemistry
The Training of German Research Physicist Heinrich Hertzp. 119
From Psychophysics to Phenomenalism: Mach and Hering on Color Visionp. 147
A Usable Past: Creating Disciplinary Space for Physical Chemistryp. 175
Explanation and Discovery: The Claims of Chemistry, Physics, and Fortran
Physics and Chemistry: Commensurate or Incommensurate Sciences?p. 205
FORTRAN, Physics, and Human Naturep. 225
Appendix I. Erwin N. Hiebert's Doctoral Students and Directed Dissertationsp. 261
Appendix II. Erwin N. Hiebert. Selected List of Publicationsp. 263
Notes on Contributorsp. 267
Name Indexp. 271
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ISBN: 9780792317531
ISBN-10: 079231753X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 278
Published: 30th September 1992
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.61