The Significance of the Hypothetical in the Natural Sciences

Un libro in lingua di Heidelberger Michael (EDT) Schiemann Gregor (EDT) edito da De Gruyter, 2009

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Case studies from the history and philosophy illuminate debate since early modern Europe about the significance. The contributing philosophers of science focus especially on physics, astronomy, mechanics, and chemistry as well as mathematical theories of natural science in general. Altogether they show that the role hypotheses played and continues to play in the natural sciences is of central importance for how a science conceives itself and its own methodology. Among the examples are opinions about experience and hypotheses within Locke's realm, contingent laws of nature in Émile Boutroux, hypothesis and convention in Poincaré's defense of Galilei spacetime, Duhem verses and Maimonides versus Gersonides on instrumentalism and realism as categories in the history of astronomy, and the hypothetical metaphysics of nature. The studies largely emerged from a 2005 conference in Tübingen. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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