On the Metaphysics of Experimental Physics [NOOK Book]

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This book critically addresses the question of how experimental physics is conceptually and historically possible as a natural and empirical science. How have experimental physicists used technology to explore, model and understand nature? The argument of this book is that scientific realist and positivistic philosophies of science have both presupposed the same operational metaphysics: that natural phenomena and machine performances are consequences of the same natural ...
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On the Metaphysics of Experimental Physics

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Overview

This book critically addresses the question of how experimental physics is conceptually and historically possible as a natural and empirical science. How have experimental physicists used technology to explore, model and understand nature? The argument of this book is that scientific realist and positivistic philosophies of science have both presupposed the same operational metaphysics: that natural phenomena and machine performances are consequences of the same natural principles, laws and mechanisms.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230569324
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/15/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 297 KB

Meet the Author

KARL ROGERS studied Physics and Philosophy at Lancaster University, UK. He received his PhD in the Philosophy of Science from the University of Bath, UK. He is a Research Fellow in Science Studies at Bath University and is the Co-founder of the John Dewey Center for Democracy and Education, Minneapolis.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Entering the cave of the shadow puppeteers 1
Ch. 2 The spirit of the enterprise 35
Ch. 3 The mathematical projection of the six simple machines 74
Ch. 4 The "making" of the ground plan of nature 107
Ch. 5 The anvil of practice and the art of experimentation 145
Ch. 6 What enables us to build machines? 185
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