WorldCat Identities

Cushing, James T. 1937-

Overview
Works: 17 works in 113 publications in 5 languages and 3,358 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree, Other
Classifications: QC174.12, 530.01
Publication Timeline
.
Most widely held works by James T Cushing
Philosophical concepts in physics : the historical relation between philosophy and scientific theories by James T Cushing( Book )

31 editions published between 1997 and 2007 in English and held by 669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book examines a selection of philosophical issues in the context of specific episodes in the development of physical theories. Advances in science are presented against the historical and philosophical backgrounds in which they occurred. A major aim is to impress upon the reader the essential role that philosophical considerations have played in the actual practice of science. The book begins with some necessary introduction to the history of ancient and early modern science, with major emphasis being given to the two great watersheds of twentieth-century physics: relativity and, especially, quantum mechanics. At times the term 'construction' may seem more appropriate than 'discovery' for the way theories have developed and, especially in the later chapters, the question of the influence of historical, philosophical and even social factors on the very form and content of scientific theories is discussed
Philosophical consequences of quantum theory : reflections on Bell's theorem( Book )

14 editions published between 1989 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science and reality : recent work in the philosophy of science : essays in honor of Ernan McMullin( Book )

11 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quantum mechanics : historical contingency and the Copenhagen hegemony by James T Cushing( Book )

11 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why does one theory "succeed" while another, possibly equally clear and robust, fails? By exploring two observationally equivalent yet conceptually incompatible views of quantum mechanics, James T. Cushing shows how historical contingency can be crucial in determining a theory's construction and its position among competing views. Since the late 1920s, the theory formulated by Niels Bohr and his colleagues at Copenhagen has been the dominant interpretation of quantum mechanics. Yet an alternative interpretation, rooted in the work of Louis de Broglie in the early 1920s and reformulated and extended by David Bohm and his colleagues in the 1950s, explains the observational data equally well. Through a detailed historical and sociological study of the physicists who developed different theories of quantum mechanics, the debates within and between opposing camps, and the reception given each theory, Cushing shows that despite the preeminence of the Copenhagen view, the Bohm interpretation cannot be ignored. Cushing contends that the Copenhagen interpretation became widely accepted not because it is a better explanation of subatomic phenomena than Bohm's but because it happened to appear first. Focusing on the philosophical, social, and cultural forces that have shaped one of the most important developments in modern physics, this provocative book examines the role that timing can play in the establishment of theory and explanation
Applied analytical mathematics for physical scientists by James T Cushing( Book )

10 editions published between 1975 and 1985 in English and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theory construction and selection in modern physics : the S matrix by James T Cushing( Book )

13 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in English and Italian and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the major philosophical problems in physical sciences is what criteria should determine how scientific theories are selected and justified in practice and whether, in describing observable physical phenomena, such theories are effectively constrained to be unique. This book studies the example of a particular theory, the S-matrix theory. The S-matrix program was initiated by Heisenberg to deal with difficulties encountered in quantum field theories in describing particular phenomena. Since then, each theory has at different times been favoured as the explanation of observed phenomena. Certainly the S-matrix theory was adequate, feasible and fertile. However, the quantum field theory interpretation is now widely accepted and the study of alternative theories is all but abandoned. By examining the philosophy which influenced the turns in this story, the author explains how an adequate and viable theory fell out of favour and concludes with a critique of different methodologies in the history of science. This book will be of value to both philosophers of science and physicists interested in the philosophical background to their field
Bohmian mechanics and quantum theory : an appraisal by James T Cushing( Book )

13 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is not a Festschrift in honor of David Bohm or a collection of papers simply stating uncritically a particular interpretation of quantum mechanics. Rather, it is a contribution to the serious and ongoing critical analysis, extension and application of the central ideas of David Bohm's version of quantum mechanics to test them for consistency, empirical adequacy and fruitfulness in generating new avenues of research. The papers in this volume are grouped around four main topics: the essentials of Bohmian mechanics; detailed applications and extensions of these basics; historical and conceptual analyses of the program; comparisons and contrasts with other formulations of quantum mechanics. This book will be of interest to physicists and to philosophers and historians of science - really to anyone concerned with foundational issues in quantum mechanics
Concepte filosofice în fizică : relaţia istorică dintre filosofie şi teoriile ştiinţifice by James T Cushing( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in Romanian and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A double dispersion relation for a class of nonlocal potentials by James T Cushing( Book )

1 edition published in 1962 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fizikte felsefi kavramlar I : felsefe ve bilimsel kuramlar arasındaki tarihsel ilişki by James T Cushing( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in Turkish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fizikte felsefi kavramlar : felsefe ve bilimsel kuramlar arasındaki tarihsel ilişki by James T Cushing( Book )

in Turkish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A double dispersion relation for a class on nonlocal potentials by James T Cushing( )

1 edition published in 1963 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Fizikte felsefi kavramlar by James T Cushing( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in Turkish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Fizikte felsefi kavramlar : Felsefe ve bilimsel kuramlar arasındaki tarihsel ilişki by James T Cushing( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in Turkish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

B. Holly's patent fire hydrants. by N.Y.) Holly Manufacturing Company (Lockport( Book )

1 edition published in 1881 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

La díficil tarea de articular historia, filosofía e introducción a la física. Una perspectiva americana by James T Cushing( )

1 edition published in 1991 in Spanish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

El desdén por buscar vías histórico- filosoficas para que la física sea comprendida por sus elegidos. Desde esta tesis, este artículo aborda la utilidad del enfoque histórico-filosófico en la enseñanza de la física
Special issue of invited papers in honor and memory of James T. Cushing : 1937 - 2002( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
0
Audience Level
1
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.49 (from 0.39 for Philosophi ... to 0.99 for La dífici ...)

Philosophical concepts in physics : the historical relation between philosophy and scientific theories
Alternative Names
Cushing, J. T. 1937-

Cushing, James Thomas 1937-

James T. Cushing Physicist

쿠싱, 제임스 T

Languages
Covers
Quantum mechanics : historical contingency and the Copenhagen hegemonyTheory construction and selection in modern physics : the S matrixBohmian mechanics and quantum theory : an appraisal