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The main theme of this anthology is the unique interaction between mathematics, physics and philosophy during the beginning of the 20th century. In this book, ten renowned philosopher-historians probe insightfully into key conceptual questions of pre-quantum mathematical physics. The result is a diverse yet thematically focused compilation of first class papers on mathematics, physics and philosophy, and a source-book on the interaction between them.
Preface DAVID E. ROWE / Einstein’s Allies and Enemies: Debating Relativity in Germany, 1916-1920. HELMUT PULTE / The Space between Helmholtz and Einstein: Moritz Schlick on Spatial Intuition and the Foundations of Geometry. DAVID HYDER / Kant, Helmholtz and the Determinacy of Physical Theory. ROBERT DISALLE / Mathematical Structure, 'World Structure,' and the Philosophical Turning-point in Modern Physics. ERHARDSCHOLZ/ The Changing Concept of Matter in H.Weyl’s Thought, 1918 – 1930. LAWRENCE SKLAR / Why Does the Standard Measure Work in Statistical Mechanics? JESPER LU¨ TZEN / A Mechanical Image: Heinrich Hertz’s Principles of Mechanics JEREMY GRAY / Enriques: Popularising Science and the Problems of Geometry. MICHEL JANSSEN AND MATTHEW MECKLENBURG / Electromagnetic Models of the Electron and the Transition from Classical to Relativistic Mechanics ULRICH MAJER / Hilbert’s Axiomatic Approach to the Foundations of Science—a Failed Research Program? Index