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Philosophy and the foundations of dynamics

Author: Lawrence Sklar
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The theory of dynamics is riddled with conceptual issues and differing philosophical interpretations. This book discusses the crucial issues of the main theory from which contemporary foundational  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence Sklar
ISBN: 9780521888196 0521888190 9780521716307 0521716306
OCLC Number: 824484054
Description: 272 Seiten
Contents: 1. Introduction; 2. The prehistory of classical dynamics; 3. The astronomical revolution; 4. Precursors to Newtonian dynamics; 5. The Newtonian synthesis; 6. Philosophical aspects of the Newtonian synthesis; 7. The history of statics; 8. The development of dynamics after Newton; 9. The 'Newtonian' approach after Newton; 10. From virtual work to Lagrange's equation; 11. Extremal principles; 12. Some philosophical reflections on explanation and theory; 13. Conservation principles; 14. Hamilton's equations; 15. Canonical transformations, optical analogies and algebraic structures; 16. The search for new foundations; 17. New directions in the applications of dynamics; 18. Spacetime formulations of Newtonian dynamics; 19. Formalizations: mass and force; 20. Relationist dynamics; 21. Modes of explanation; 22. Retrospective and conclusions.
Responsibility: Lawrence Sklar.

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'This work could be as influential in the 21st century as Ernst Mach's Die Mechanik (1901) was in the 20th, both in physics and philosophy ... Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, Read more...

 
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