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The aim and structure of physical theory

Author: Pierre Maurice Marie Duhem
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 1991, ©1954.
Series: Princeton science library.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This classic work in the philosophy of physical science is an incisive and readable account of the scientific method. Pierre Duhem was one of the great figures in French science, a devoted teacher,  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Pierre Maurice Marie Duhem
ISBN: 9780691025247 069102524X
OCLC Number: 24675824
Notes: Translation of: La théorie physique: son objet et sa structure.
Description: xxxviii, 344 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: Foreword / by Louis de Broglie --
Introduction to the 1961 edition / by Jules Vuillemin --
Author's preface to the second edition --
Introduction --
PART I: THE AIM OF PHYSICAL THEORY: Physical theory and metaphysical explanation --
Physical theory and natural classification --
Representative theories and the history of physics --
Abstract theories and mechanical models --
PART II: THE STRUCTURE OF PHYSICAL THEORY: Quantity and quality --
Primary qualities --
Mathematical deducation and physical theory --Experiment in physics --
Physical law --
Physical theory and experiment --
Choice of hypotheses --
APPENDIX: Physics of a believer --
The value of physical theory.
Series Title: Princeton science library.
Responsibility: Foreword by Prince Louis de Broglie ; translated from the French by Philip P. Wiener ; [new introduction by Jules Vuillemin].

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