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Wittgenstein flies a kite : a story of models of wings and models of the world

Author: Susan G Sterrett
Publisher: New York : Pi Press, ©2006.
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"In this historical narrative of ideas. Duke professor of philosophy Susan Sterrett reveals a story at the beginning of our modern fascination with the nature of language." "The philosophy of language and experimental research in aeronautics made great leaps at about the same time in the early twentieth century. Strange as it may sound, this was no coincidence. Sterrett shows what Wittgenstein's glimpse of a  Read more...
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Sterrett, Susan G.
Wittgenstein flies a kite.
New York : Pi Press, ©2006
(OCoLC)606924646
Online version:
Sterrett, Susan G.
Wittgenstein flies a kite.
New York : Pi Press, ©2006
(OCoLC)607825493
Named Person: Ludwig Wittgenstein; Ludwig Wittgenstein; Ludwig Wittgenstein; Ludwig Wittgenstein
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susan G Sterrett
ISBN: 0131499971 9780131499973
OCLC Number: 61260014
Description: xxii, 329 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Toys to overcome time, distance, and gravity --
To fly like a bird, not float like a cloud --
Finding a place in the world --
A new continent --
A new age-old problem to solve --
The physics of miniature worlds --
Models of wings and models of the world --
A world made of facts.
Responsibility: Susan G. Sterrett.
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"In this historical narrative of ideas. Duke professor of philosophy Susan Sterrett reveals a story at the beginning of our modern fascination with the nature of language." "The philosophy of language and experimental research in aeronautics made great leaps at about the same time in the early twentieth century. Strange as it may sound, this was no coincidence. Sterrett shows what Wittgenstein's glimpse of a solution to the problem of language in 1914 had to do with experimental models - which had been so crucial to the Wright brothers' solving the problem of flight."--Jacket.

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