Correspondence, Invariance and Heuristics: Essays in Honour of Heinz Post / Edition 1

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This volume is dedicated to Heinz Post who proposed a rational model of scientific discovery. His account draws attention to the formal flaws in theories that motivate theory modification, the correspondence relations that hold between old and new theories and the cross-theoretic retention of symmetry and conservation principles.

Exploring Post's model from a variety of perspectives, the contributors draw on a wide range of case studies from physics, chemistry and biology. This is the first work to examine one such model of heuristics in the context of detailed examples from science itself. It will be of interest to teachers, researchers and graduate students in both the history and philosophy of science and can be used as a textbook in advanced courses on scientific method.

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Introduction; H. Kamminga, S. French, M. Earles. Correspondence and Reduction in Chemistry; E.R. Scerri. Taking Antecedent Conditions Seriously: a Lesson in Heuristics from Biology; H. Kamminga. The Rise of the 'Fifth Force'; A. Franklin. Michael Faraday's Thought: Discovery or Revelation? E. Crawford. Ideology, Heuristics and Rationality in the Context of Discovery; N. Koertge. Towards an Acceptable Theory of Acceptance: Partial Structures, Inconsistency and Correspondence; N.C.A. da Costa, S. French. Tales from the Classroom: the See-Saw; A.K. Puri. The Unnatural Nature of the Laws of Nature: Symmetry and Asymmetry; G. Hon. Galilean Relativity and Galileo's Relativity; A. Chalmers. Pragmatic Circles in Relativistic Time Keeping; C. Kilmister, B. Tonkinson. Correspondence, Invariance and Heuristics in the Emergence of Special Relativity; H.R. Brown. Underdetermination, Conventionalism and Realism: the Copenhagen vs. the Bohm Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics; J.T. Cushing. Measurement and Quantum Silence; A. Fine. To What Physics Corresponds; S. Saunders. Is the End of Physics in Sight? M. Redhead. Index of Names. Index of Subjects.

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