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The Philosophy of Physics : The Evolution of Modern Philosophy - Roberto Torretti

The Philosophy of Physics

The Evolution of Modern Philosophy

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Published: 28th December 1999
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This magisterial study of the philosophy of physics both introduces the subject to the nonspecialist and contains many original and important contributions for professionals in the area. Modern physics was born as a part of philosophy and has retained to this day a properly philosophical concern for the clarity and coherence of ideas. Any introduction to the philosophy of physics must therefore focus on the conceptual development of physics itself. This book pursues that development from Galileo and Newton through Maxwell and Boltzmann to Einstein and the founders of quantum mechanics. There is also discussion of important philosophers of physics in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and of twentieth century debates.

' ... a rich work full of fascinating material on the history of the interaction between physics and philosophy.' Lawrence Sklar 'I thoroughly recommend this book ... there is no doubt that Torretti presents a shining example of physics and philosophy intelligently interacting, structured as a sweeping historical review. For those inspired to venture further the comprehensive bibliography will be an added bonus.' Zentrallblatt fur Mathematik

The transformation of natural philosophy in the seventeenth century
Newton
Kant
The rich nineteenth century
Relativity
Quantum mechanics
Perspectives and reflections; Supplements; Endnotes; References.
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ISBN: 9780521562591
ISBN-10: 0521562597
Series: The Evolution of Modern Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 532
Published: 28th December 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.95