BEYOND THE EDGE OF CERTAINTY: Essays in Contemporary Science by Robert Garland Colodny

By Robert Garland Colodny

Show description

Read or Download BEYOND THE EDGE OF CERTAINTY: Essays in Contemporary Science and Philosophy PDF

Similar history & philosophy books

The Lord of Uraniborg: A Biography of Tycho Brahe

The Lord of Uraniborg is a accomplished biography of Tycho Brahe, father of recent astronomy, famed alchemist and littérateur of the sixteenth-century Danish Renaissance. Written in a full of life and interesting variety, Victor Thoren's biography bargains attention-grabbing views on Tycho's existence and provides substitute analyses of almost each point of his medical paintings.

Everywhere and Everywhen: Adventures in Physics and Philosophy

Why does time cross and area doesn't? Are there simply 3 dimensions? what's a quantum particle? Nick Huggett indicates that philosophy -- armed with an influence to investigate basic suggestions and their courting to the human adventure -- has a lot to claim approximately those profound questions about the universe.

Systematicity: The Nature of Science

In Systematicity, Paul Hoyningen-Huene solutions the query "What is technology? " by way of offering that clinical wisdom is basically distinct from different kinds of data, specially daily wisdom, by way of being extra systematic. "Science" is the following understood within the broadest attainable feel, encompassing not just the average sciences but in addition arithmetic, the social sciences, and the arts.

Doing Physics, Second Edition: How Physicists Take Hold of the World

Doing Physics makes thoughts of physics more straightforward to know through concerning them to daily wisdom. Addressing a number of the types and metaphors that physicists use to give an explanation for the actual international, Martin H. Krieger describes the conceptual international of physics via analogies to economics, anthropology, theater, carpentry, mechanisms comparable to clockworks, and desktop software layout.

Extra resources for BEYOND THE EDGE OF CERTAINTY: Essays in Contemporary Science and Philosophy

Example text

Of Ax, A , Ag, . . An are determinable, and that the mutual distances and angular displacements are known, the relative masses of these various bodies can be determined on the basis of this information alone. Let the absolute accelerations aj, , a^, . . of ^ 1, A , Ag, . . An, respectively, be resolved into components such that: 2 0 2 2 0 2 = Qi A i-|-C |2/{2 + • • • C^, ^inhn (* = 2 i+iAr • • • . . n) ( 1) where is a unit acceleration vector directed from Ai to Aj, and where C^j is the magnitude of the component acceleration directed from Ai to Aj.

Of course it does not follow that our choice of principle of natural motion is arbitrary. On the con­ trary, it has been shown that it is just such choices which govern the whole course of physical inquiry. The choices we actually make are always theory committed. Nevertheless, it has been seen that there still remains some area of choice. And, in fact, it is possible to construct a system of dynamics that appears to be the equal of Newton’s, but that employs an entirely different principle of natural motion.

21. It was a universally received doctrine that forces are conserved, and hence that they are in some sense equal to the effects they produce. The only point of disagreement concerned the true measure of force. The Cartesians measured force by the product of mass and velocity, the Leibnizians by the prod­ uct of mass and velocity squared {vis viva). But all were agreed that forces are conserved. For an account of this dispute, see W. F. Magie, A Sourcebook in Physics (McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1935).

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.84 of 5 – based on 9 votes