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The dappled world : a study of the boundaries of science

Author: Nancy Cartwright
Publisher: Cambridge (UK) ; New York (N.Y.) : Cambridge University Press, impr. 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Mixed form : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This important and innovative collection of essays argues for a patchwork of laws of nature.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy Cartwright
ISBN: 0521643368 9780521643368 0521644119 9780521644112
OCLC Number: 491394758
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Description: 1 v. (IX-247 p.) : illustrations, couv. illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction; Part I. Where Do Laws of Nature Come From?: 1. Fundamentalism versus the patchwork of laws; 2. Fables and models; 3. Nomological machines and the laws they produce; Part II. Laws and their Limits: 4. Aristotelian natures and the modern experimental method; 5. Causal diversity, causal stability; 6. Ceteris paribus laws and the socio-economic machines; 7. Probability machines: chance set-ups and economic models; Part III. The Boundaries of Quantum and Classical Physics and the Territories they Share: 8. How bridge principles set the domain of quantum theory; 9. How quantum and classical theories relate.
Responsibility: Nancy Cartwright.

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'Written with a literary sensitivity, knocks numerous nails square on the head ... provides a wonderful antidote to the abundant quack-medicine views of what science is and an excellent example of Read more...

 
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