More Heat than Light: Economics as Social Physics, Physics as Nature's Economics

More Heat than Light: Economics as Social Physics, Physics as Nature's Economics

by Philip Mirowski
     
 

The development of the energy concept in Western physics and its subsequent effect on the emergence of neoclassical economics are traced to reveal how economics has sought to emulate physics, especially with regard to the theory of value. See more details below

Overview

The development of the energy concept in Western physics and its subsequent effect on the emergence of neoclassical economics are traced to reveal how economics has sought to emulate physics, especially with regard to the theory of value.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521426893
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1991
Series:
Historical Perspectives on Modern Economics Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
1,243,570
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures; List of tables; Epigraph; Acknowledgments; Dedication; 1. The fearful spheres of Pascal and Parmenides; 2. Everything an economist needs to know about physics but was probably afraid to ask: the history of the energy concept; 3. Body, motions and value; 4. Science and substance theories of value in political economy to 1870; 5. Neoclassical economics: an irresistible field of force meets an immovable object; 6. The corruption of the field theory of value, and the retrogression to substance theories of value: neoclassical production theory; 7. The ironies of physics envy; 8. Universal history is the story of different intonations given to a handful of metaphors.

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