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How the laws of physics lie

Author: Nancy Cartwright
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2002]. ©1983
Edition/Format:   Print book : Essay : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this sequence of philosophical essays about natural science, the author argues that fundamental explanatory laws, the deepest and most admired successes of modern physics, do not in fact describe regularities that exist in nature. Cartwright draws from many real-life examples to propound a novel distinction: that theoretical entities, and the complex and localized laws that describe them, can be interpreted  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy Cartwright
ISBN: 0198247001 9780198247005 0198247044 9780198247043
OCLC Number: 1031379824
Notes: "Clarendon Paperbacks"--Cover.
"Reprinted 2002"--Title page verso.
Description: 221 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Causal laws and effective strategies --
The truth doesn't explain much --
Do the laws of physics state the facts? --
The reality of causes in a world of instrumental laws --
When explanation leads to inference --
For phenomenological laws --
Fitting facts to equations --
The simulacrum account of explanation --
How the measurement problem is an artefact of the mathematics.
Responsibility: Nancy Cartwright.

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"In this sequence of philosophical essays about natural science, the author argues that fundamental explanatory laws, the deepest and most admired successes of modern physics, do not in fact describe regularities that exist in nature. Cartwright draws from many real-life examples to propound a novel distinction: that theoretical entities, and the complex and localized laws that describe them, can be interpreted realistically, but the simple unifying laws of basic theory cannot."--Cover page 4.

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