Wrong for the Right Reasons

Overview

The rapidity with which knowledge changes makes much of past science obsolete, and often just wrong, from the present's point of view. We no longer think, for example, that heat is a material substance transferred from hot to cold bodies. But is wrong science always or even usually bad science? The essays in this volume argue by example that much of the past's rejected science, wrong in retrospect though it may be - and sometimes markedly so - was nevertheless sound and exemplary of enduring standards that ...

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Overview

The rapidity with which knowledge changes makes much of past science obsolete, and often just wrong, from the present's point of view. We no longer think, for example, that heat is a material substance transferred from hot to cold bodies. But is wrong science always or even usually bad science? The essays in this volume argue by example that much of the past's rejected science, wrong in retrospect though it may be - and sometimes markedly so - was nevertheless sound and exemplary of enduring standards that transcend the particularities of culture and locale.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789048167777
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 1/11/2011
  • Series: Archimedes Series , #11
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Beyond Disunity and Historicism; J. Buchwald, A. Franklin.
2. 'In order that we should not ourselves appear to be adjusting our estimates... to make them fit some predetermined amount'; A. Jones.
3. Ptolemy's Theories of the Latitude of the Planets in the Almagest, Handy Tables, and Planetary Hypothese; N. Swerdlow.
4. Alchemy and the Changing Significance of Analysis; W.R. Newman, L.M. Principe.
5. Descartes and the Heart Beat; M. Grene.
6. Newton's Investigation of Chromatic Dispersion and Achromatic Prisms and Lenses; A. Shapiro.
7. Wrong Science in Book 2 of Newton's Principia; G. Smith.
8. Photometry in the Early 19th Century; X. Chen.
9. An Error Within a Mistake; J. Buchwald.
10. The Konopinski-Uhlenbeck Theory of Beta Decay; A. Franklin.

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