By Edmund T. Whittaker
Designated, debatable, and often stated, this survey bargains hugely special bills in regards to the improvement of principles and theories concerning the nature of electrical energy and house (aether). effectively available to common readers in addition to highschool scholars, academics, and undergraduates, it contains a lot details unavailable elsewhere.
This single-volume variation includes either The Classical Theories and the fashionable Theories, which have been initially released individually. the 1st quantity covers the theories of classical physics from the age of the Greek philosophers to the overdue nineteenth century. the second one quantity chronicles discoveries that resulted in the advances of contemporary physics, targeting distinctive relativity, quantum theories, common relativity, matrix mechanics, and wave mechanics. famous historian of technology I. Bernard Cohen, who reviewed those books for Scientific American, saw, "I comprehend of no different heritage of electrical energy that's as sound as Whittaker's. All those that have came upon stimulation from his works will learn this informative and exact historical past with curiosity and profit."
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82). In other words, conventionalism is avoided by the decision to adopt, as a convention, the methodological rule that systems of scientific statements should not be protected from falsification by conventionalist stratagems. When Popper's rejection of conventionalism is put in this way, its oddness is immediately apparent. The situation may be clarified by a distinction between two levels of conventionalism, both of which are implicit in the classical conventionalism of Duhem and Poincare and also in Popper's critical rationalism, but which are given different emphases in the two systems of ideas.
135). It ought therefore to be possible, since transcendental questions are excluded, to ask empirical questions about the nature of these conventions: by whom are they made, and when, and under what conditions? However, argues Schnadelbach, conventionalists are reluctant to raise questions about the nature of conventions in this empirical form. Instead, they are represented as if they were almost some kind of epistemological 'Robinsonade', or, in a collective version, a kind of epistemological social contract.
532). The immanent, regulative use of the transcendental ideas of reason is thus the controlled and disciplined expression of the natural tendency to seek the transcendental itself. In epistemology this tendency expresses itself as a search for the complete determination of the given, knowledge of the totality, of the thing in itself. But this is only the epistemological side of what for Kant is a philosophical view of man, a philosophical anthropology, according to which man's destiny is to strive towards the unconditioned.
A history of the theories of aether and electricity Vol 2 by Edmund T. Whittaker