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Unifying scientific theories : physical concepts and mathematical structures / Margaret Morrison
Bib ID 1891223
Format BookBook
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Morrison, Margaret, 1954-
 
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Description Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000 
viii, 272 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0521652162 (hardback)
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  • 1. The Many Faces of Unity. 1.1. Kepler: Unity as Mathematical Metaphysics. 1.2. Kant: Unity as a Heuristic and Logical Principle. 1.3. Whewell: Unity as Consilience and Certainty. 1.4. Logical Empiricism: Unity as Method and Integration. 1.5. Unity as Explanation
  • 2. Unification, Realism and Inference. 2.1. The Friedman Model. 2.2. The Importance of Conjunction. 2.3. Reduction versus Representation. 2.4. Consilience and Unification. 2.5. Unification as an Evidential or Epistemic Virtue
  • Appendix. Derivation of the van der Waals Law: Historical Details
  • 3. Maxwell's Unification of Electromagnetism and Optics. 3.1. Development of Electromagnetic Theory: The Early Stages. 3.2. Unification and Realism: Some Problems for the Electromagnetic Theory. 3.3. The Electromagnetic Theory: Later Developments. 3.4. Realism and Dynamical Explanation
  • 4. Gauges, Symmetries and Forces: The Electroweak Unification. 4.1. Fermi and Beta Decay. 4.2. Symmetries, Objects and Laws.
  • 4.3. The First Steps to Unity: Symmetry and Gauge Theory. 4.4. Unity through Symmetry-Breaking. 4.5. Renormalization: The Final Constraint. 4.6. When Unity Isn't Enough. 4.7. Unified Theories and Disparate Things
  • Appendix 4.1. Weinberg's Lepton Model
  • Appendix 4.2. Renormalization
  • 5. Special Relativity and the Unity of Physics. 5.1. Electrodynamics circa 1892-1904: Lorentz and the Origins of Relativity. 5.2. Einstein circa 1905: Lorentz Transformed. 5.3. From Fields to Tensors: Minkowski Space-Time
  • 6. Darwin and Natural Selection; Unification versus Explanation. 6.1. On the Nature of Darwin's Theory. 6.2. Kitcher's Argument Patterns: Explanation as Derivation and Systematization. 6.3. Methods and Causes: History and Influence. 6.4. Does Unity Produce Explanation?
 
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-266) and index.

Subjects Unified field theories.

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