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Symbol and Physical Knowledge : On the Conceptual Structure of Physics

Author: Massimo Ferrari; Ion-Olimpiu Stamatescu
Publisher: Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2002.
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This book tackles the question of the symbolic structure of physics, a topic which is implicit in any theory of knowledge, but one that often seems to be ignored as an explicit and central element in today's epistemological debates. The elucidation of this problem should benefit a number of ongoing discussions and can help to avoid much recurring confusion. The contributions to the book have been chosen so as to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Massimo Ferrari; Ion-Olimpiu Stamatescu
ISBN: 9783662048559 3662048558
OCLC Number: 851380528
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 230 pages)
Contents: From the Contents: On the Use and Character of Symbols in Modern Physical Theories --
Sources for the History of the Concept of Symbol from Leibniz to Cassirer --
The Symbol in the Theory of Science: Duhem's Alleged Instrumentalism or Conventionalism and the Continuity of Scientific Development --
Beyond Realism. Symbolism in Philosophy of Science by Peirce and Cassirer --
Heinrich Hertz and the Concept of a Symbol --
Shifting Symbolic Structures and Changing Theories: On the Non-Translatability and Empirical Comparability of Incommensurable Theories --
Symbol and Intuition in Modern Physics --
Idealizations in Physics --
Symbolizing States and Events in Quantum Mechanics --
The Semiotics of "Postmodern" Physics.
Responsibility: edited by Massimo Ferrari, Ion-Olimpiu Stamatescu.

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Introduces the problem of the symbolic structure of physics, surveys the modern history of symbols, proceeds to an epistemological discussion of the role of symbols in our knowledge of nature, and  Read more...

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