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Achinstein, Peter

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Works: 29 works in 228 publications in 3 languages and 10,802 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference proceedings 
Roles: Editor, Other
Classifications: Q175, 501
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The book of evidence by Peter Achinstein ( )
29 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 1,354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
What is required for something to be evidence for an hypothesis? In this text, Peter Achinstein, introduces here a basic concept of potential evidence which is characterised using a novel epistemic interpretation of probability
The nature of explanation by Peter Achinstein ( Book )
20 editions published between 1982 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A new approach to the definition of scientific explanation. Unlike standard theories, it focuses initially on the explaining act itself, to which reference must be made in order to understand what an explanation is and how it can be evaluated in the sciences
Particles and waves : historical essays in the philosophy of science by Peter Achinstein ( Book )
14 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Portuguese and held by 1,126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume brings together six published and two new essays by the noted philosopher of science, Peter Achinstein. It represents the culmination of his examination of methodological issues that arise in nineteenth-century physics. He focuses on the philosophical problem of how, if at all, it is possible to confirm scientific hypotheses that postulate 'unobservables' such as light waves, molecules, and electrons. This question is one that not only was of great interest to nineteenth-century physicists and methodologists, but continues to occupy philosophers of science up to the present day. The essays in this volume deal with this vexing problem as it arose in actual scientific practice in three nineteenth-century episodes: the debate between particle and wave theorists of light, Maxwell's kinetic theory of gases, and J.J. Thomson's discovery of the electron. Achinstein shows that the most important issue raised by these three cases concerns the legitimacy of introducing hypotheses that invoke "unobservables". If science is to be empirical, can such hypotheses be employed? How, if at all, is it possible to confirm them?; Achinstein here assesses the philosophical validity of nineteenth-century and modern answers to these questions and presents and defends his own solutions
Evidence, explanation, and realism essays in the philosophy of science by Peter Achinstein ( )
13 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,090 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The essays in this volume address three fundamental questions in the philosophy of science: What is required for some fact to be evidence for a scientific hypothesis? What does it mean to say that a scientist or a theory explains a phenomenon? Should scientific theories that postulate "unobservable" entities such as electrons be construed realistically as aiming to correctly describe a world underlying what is directly observable, or should such theories be understood as aiming to correctly describe only the observable world? Distinguished philosopher of science Peter Achinstein prov
Concepts of science; a philosophical analysis by Peter Achinstein ( Book )
17 editions published between 1968 and 1971 in English and held by 970 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Legacy of logical positivism; studies in the philosophy of science ( Book )
11 editions published between 1969 and 1996 in English and held by 884 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Law and explanation: an essay in the philosophy of science by Peter Achinstein ( Book )
15 editions published in 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explanation : papers and discussions ( Book )
12 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The concept of evidence by Peter Achinstein ( Book )
11 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Observation, experiment, and hypothesis in modern physical science ( Book )
12 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Science rules : a historical introduction to scientific methods ( Book )
4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Is there a universal set of rules for discovering and testing scientific hypotheses? Since the birth of modern science, philosophers, scientists, and other thinkers have wrestled with this fundamental question of scientific practice. Efforts to devise rigorous methods for obtaining scientific knowledge include the twenty-one rules Descartes proposed in his Rules for the Direction of the Mind and the four rules of reasoning that begin the third book of Newton's Principia, and continue today in debates over the very possibility of such rules. Bringing together key primary sources spanning almost four centuries, Science Rules introduces readers to scientific methods that have played a prominent role in the history of scientific practice. (Midwest)
Studies in the philosophy of science by Nicholas Rescher ( Book )
11 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Since Rescher's earliest publication of the middle 1950's in this field, the philosophy of science has constituted one focus of his interest and preoccupation. Some dozen of Rescher's contributions to the field are published in the present volume, and they combine to convey his favored way of blending empirical data with philosophical theorizing
Kelvin's Baltimore lectures and modern theoretical physics : historical and philosophical perspectives by William Thomson Kelvin ( Book )
8 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Evidence and method : scientific strategies of Isaac Newton and James Clerk Maxwell by Peter Achinstein ( Book )
10 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this book, Peter Achinstein proposes and defends several objective concepts of evidence. He then explores the question of whether a scientific method, such as that represented in the four 'Rules for the Study of Natural Philosophy' that Isaac Newton invoked in proving his law of gravity, can be employed in demonstrating how the proposed definitions of evidence are to be applied to real scientific cases
Scientific evidence : philosophical theories & applications ( Book )
6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Physicists think they have discovered the top quark. Biologists believe in evolution. But what precisely constitutes evidence for such claims, and why? Scientists often disagree about the extent to which evidence counts in favor of a theory because they are operating with different concepts of scientific evidence. Peter Achinstein has gathered prominent philosophers and historians of science for critical and lively discussions of both general questions about the meaning of evidence and specific ones about evidence for particular scientific theories."--BOOK JACKET
Scientific methods : conceptual and historical problems ( Book )
10 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Los modelos teóricos by Peter Achinstein ( Book )
6 editions published between 1967 and 1987 in Spanish and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
La Naturaleza de la explicación by Peter Achinstein ( Book )
3 editions published in 1989 in Spanish and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Estudio sobre el problema de la teoría del acto explicativo, de su producto y de su condición ontológica para determinar con criterios claros y definidos en qué consiste una explicación dentro de la filosofía de la ciencia
The Structure of scientific theories by Frederick Suppe ( Book )
3 editions published between 1974 and 1979 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Light hypotheses by Peter Achinstein ( )
1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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