The Language of Physics: The Calculus and the Development of Theoretical Physics in Europe, 1750-1914 / Edition 1

The Language of Physics: The Calculus and the Development of Theoretical Physics in Europe, 1750-1914 / Edition 1

by Elizabeth Garber
     
 

ISBN-10: 0817640398

ISBN-13: 9780817640392

Pub. Date: 12/01/1998

Publisher: Birkhauser Verlag

This work is the first explicit examination of the key role that mathematics has played in the development of theoretical physics and will undoubtedly challenge the more conventional accounts of its historical development. Although mathematics has long been regarded as the "language" of physics, the connections between these independent disciplines have been far

Overview

This work is the first explicit examination of the key role that mathematics has played in the development of theoretical physics and will undoubtedly challenge the more conventional accounts of its historical development. Although mathematics has long been regarded as the "language" of physics, the connections between these independent disciplines have been far more complex and intimate than previous narratives have shown. The author convincingly demonstrates that practices, methods, and language shaped the development of the field, and are a key to understanding the mergence of the modern academic discipline. Mathematicians and physicists, as well as historians of both disciplines, will find this provocative work of great interest.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817640392
Publisher:
Birkhauser Verlag
Publication date:
12/01/1998
Edition description:
1999
Pages:
399
Product dimensions:
9.21(w) x 6.14(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.-Introduction.-Part I: Eighteenth-Century Science.-vibrating Strings and Eighteenth-Century Mechanics.-Eighteenth-Century Physics and Mathematics: A Reassessment.-Part II: Transitions 1790-1830.-"Empirical Literalism": Mathematical Versus Experimental Physics in France, 1790-1830.-One the Margins: Experimental Physics and Mathematics in the German States, 1790-1830.-On the Margins: Experimental Philosophy and Mathematics in Britain, 1790-1830.-Part III: Transformations, 1830-1870.-From Natural Philosophy and "Mixed Mathematics" to Theoretical and Experimental Physics: Britain, 1830-1870.-Physics and Mathematics in the German States, 1830-1870.-Part IV: Conclusions and Epilogue.-Physics About 1870 and the "Decline" of French Physics.-Epilogue: Forging New Relationships: 1870-1914.-Bibliography.-Index.

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