Unifying scientific theories : physical concepts and mathematical structures [E-Book] / Margaret Morrison.
Morrison, Margaret, (author)
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2000
1 online resource (viii, 272 pages)
englisch
9780521652162
9780521037600
9780511527333
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Table of Contents:
  • 1.
  • The Many Faces of Unity.
  • 1.1.
  • Kepler: Unity as Mathematical Metaphysics.
  • 1.2.
  • Kant: Unity as a Heuristic and Logical Principle.
  • 1.3.
  • Whewell: Unity as Consilience and Certainty.
  • 1.4.
  • Logical Empiricism: Unity as Method and Integration.
  • 1.5.
  • Unity as Explanation
  • 2.
  • Unification, Realism and Inference.
  • 2.1.
  • The Friedman Model.
  • 2.2.
  • The Importance of Conjunction.
  • 2.3.
  • Reduction versus Representation.
  • 2.4.
  • Consilience and Unification.
  • 2.5.
  • Unification as an Evidential or Epistemic Virtue.
  • Appendix.
  • Derivation of the van der Waals Law: Historical Details
  • 3.
  • Maxwell's Unification of Electromagnetism and Optics.
  • 3.1.
  • Development of Electromagnetic Theory: The Early Stages.