The Natural Philosophy of James Clerk Maxwell

The Natural Philosophy of James Clerk Maxwell

by P. M. Harman
     
 

To introduce the physics and worldview of Maxwell (1831-79), Harman (history of science, Lancaster U.) pivots on the fundamental themes of analogy and geometry, models and mechanical explanation, statistical representation and the limitations of dynamical reasoning, and the relations between physical theory and its mathematical description. The account is based on his… See more details below

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To introduce the physics and worldview of Maxwell (1831-79), Harman (history of science, Lancaster U.) pivots on the fundamental themes of analogy and geometry, models and mechanical explanation, statistical representation and the limitations of dynamical reasoning, and the relations between physical theory and its mathematical description. The account is based on his lecture series at the University of Amsterdam (no date noted). The 1998 edition was hard bound. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521005852
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Edition description:
1 PBK ED
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of abbreviations
List of plates
IIntroduction: Maxwell and the history of physics1
IIFormative influences13
IIIEdinburgh physics and Cambridge mathematics37
IVPhysical and geometrical analogy71
VModels and mechanisms91
VIDynamical and statistical explanation113
VIIGeometry and physics145
VIIIPhysical reality: ether and matter162
IXPhysics and metaphysics188
Notes209
Index224

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