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A History of the Ideas of Theoretical Physics : Essays on the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Physics, by Salvo D'Agostino, (electronic resource)

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A History of the Ideas of Theoretical Physics : Essays on the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Physics
Title
A History of the Ideas of Theoretical Physics
Title remainder
Essays on the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Physics
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by Salvo D'Agostino
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eng
Summary
Through the study of the ideas of the great fathers of theoretical physics, such as Ampère, Weber, Helmholtz, Maxwell, Boltzmann, Einstein, Schrödinger, et al., this book affords an improved understanding of modern physics. My main field of interest concerns the physicists' conceptions of the methods and nature of science. In my view, innovative conceptions contributed to important achievements in theoretical physics. Dissenting from the historiography of the linear development of scientific ideas, I duly underline the fact that, in the passage from nineteenth-century electrodynamics to theoretical physics, the process of mathematization varied remarkably, ranging from Ampère's and Weber's algebraization to Maxwell's attention to mathematical analogies and dimensional analysis, not to mention Einstein's non-Euclidean approach to general relativity and the via-operators formulation of quantum theory. I describe how, in the same period of time, physicists modified their ideas on the theory-experiment relationship, as shown, for example, by Hertz's theoretical holism, and by Boltzmann's discrediting of crucial experiments. I report a large number of not easily available quotations from primary sources in the history of physics and of references to the recent secondary literature. As such, this book will prove a useful addition to the culture of modern scientists and philosophers, and it could be influential in orienting teachers towards new approaches to teaching physics at undergraduate and graduate levels. It is aimed at historians of physics, epistemologists, professors of physics, PhD candidates in history of science, undergraduate and graduate students in history of physics and of science, and, last but not least, the cultured lay general reader
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D'Agostino, Salvo
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530.01
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no index present
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  • QC6.9
  • QC5.53
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
Series statement
Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science,
Series volume
213
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  • Physics
  • Science
  • History
  • Physics
  • Science
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A History of the Ideas of Theoretical Physics : Essays on the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Physics, by Salvo D'Agostino, (electronic resource)
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-010-9034-6
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Contents
One: From Mechanics to Electrodynamics -- Foreword to Part One -- 1. A Consideration on the Changing Role of Mathematics in Ampère's and Weber's Electrodynamics -- 2. A Survey of Theories of Units and Dimensions in Nineteenth-Century Physics -- 3. A Historical Role for Dimensional Analysis in Maxwell's Electromagnetic Theory of Light -- 4. Problems of Theoretical Physics in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century -- Two: Electromagnetic Waves -- Foreword to Part Two -- 5. German Electrodynamics in the 1870's -- 6. Hertz's Experiments on Electromagnetic Waves -- 7. Hertz's 1884 Theoretical Discovery of Electromagnetic Waves -- 8. A Foundation for Theoretical Physics in Hertz's Introduction to Die Prinzipien der Mechanik -- 9. On Boltzmann's Mechanics and His Bild-Conception of Physical Theory -- Three: From Relativity to Quantum Theory -- Foreword to Part Three -- 10. Einstein's Correspondence Criterium and the Construction of General Relativity -- 11. Einstein's Life-Long Doubts on the Physical Foundations of the General Relativity and Unified Field Theories -- 12. Correspondence and Complementarity in Niels Bohr's Papers 1925-1927 -- 13. From the 1926 Wave Mechanics to a Second-Quantisation Theory: Schrödinger's New Interpretation of Wave Mechanics and Microphysics in the 1950's -- 14. Conclusions -- Notes -- Bibliography: Primary Sources -- Bibliography: Secondary Sources
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A History of the Ideas of Theoretical Physics : Essays on the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Physics, by Salvo D'Agostino, (electronic resource)
Link
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-010-9034-6
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file reproduced from original
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text
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Contents
One: From Mechanics to Electrodynamics -- Foreword to Part One -- 1. A Consideration on the Changing Role of Mathematics in Ampère's and Weber's Electrodynamics -- 2. A Survey of Theories of Units and Dimensions in Nineteenth-Century Physics -- 3. A Historical Role for Dimensional Analysis in Maxwell's Electromagnetic Theory of Light -- 4. Problems of Theoretical Physics in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century -- Two: Electromagnetic Waves -- Foreword to Part Two -- 5. German Electrodynamics in the 1870's -- 6. Hertz's Experiments on Electromagnetic Waves -- 7. Hertz's 1884 Theoretical Discovery of Electromagnetic Waves -- 8. A Foundation for Theoretical Physics in Hertz's Introduction to Die Prinzipien der Mechanik -- 9. On Boltzmann's Mechanics and His Bild-Conception of Physical Theory -- Three: From Relativity to Quantum Theory -- Foreword to Part Three -- 10. Einstein's Correspondence Criterium and the Construction of General Relativity -- 11. Einstein's Life-Long Doubts on the Physical Foundations of the General Relativity and Unified Field Theories -- 12. Correspondence and Complementarity in Niels Bohr's Papers 1925-1927 -- 13. From the 1926 Wave Mechanics to a Second-Quantisation Theory: Schrödinger's New Interpretation of Wave Mechanics and Microphysics in the 1950's -- 14. Conclusions -- Notes -- Bibliography: Primary Sources -- Bibliography: Secondary Sources
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1 online resource (400 pages).
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9789401090346
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  • c
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