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The reign of relativity : philosophy in physics, 1915-1925

Author: Thomas Ryckman
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Series: Oxford studies in philosophy of science.
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"Universally recognized as bringing about a revolutionary transformation of the notions of space, time, and motion in physics, Einstein's theory of gravitation, known as "general relativity," was also a defining event for 20th century philosophy of science. During the decisive first ten years of the theory's existence, two main tendencies dominated its philosophical reception. This book is an extended argument that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Ryckman
ISBN: 0195177177 9780195177176 9780195320183 0195320182
OCLC Number: 54529307
Description: ix, 317 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. General covariance and the "relativized A Priori" : two roads from Kant --
3. 1921 : "critical or empiricist interpretation of the new physics?" --
4. Einstein agonists : Weyl and Reichenbach --
5. Transcendental-phenomenological idealism : Husserl and Weyl --
6. Weyl's "purely infinitesimal" constitution of field physics --
7. "World building" : structuralism and transcendental idealism in Eddington --
8. Geometrizing physics : Eddington's theory of the affine field --
9. Epilogue : the "geometrization of physics" and transcendental idealism --
App. to Ch. 2. Michael Friedman and the "relativized A Priori."
Series Title: Oxford studies in philosophy of science.
Responsibility: Thomas Ryckman.
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Einstein's theory of 'general relativity' (1915) was a defining event for 20th century philosophy of science. This book is an extended argument that the path actually taken, which became the  Read more...

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