Particles and Waves: Historical Essays in the Philosophy of Science

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This volume brings together eleven essays by the distinguished philosopher of science, Peter Achinstein. The unifying theme is the nature of the philosophical problems surrounding the postulation of unobservable entities such as light waves, molecules, and electrons. How, if at all, is it possible to confirm scientific hypotheses about "unobservables"? Achinstein examines this question as it arose in actual scientific practice in three nineteenth-century episodes: the debate between particle and wave theorists of light, ...

Particles and Waves: Historical Essays in the Philosophy of Science 1991, Oxford University Press, USA, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780195067552

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Particles and Waves: Historical Essays in the Philosophy of Science 1991, Oxford University Press, USA, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780195065473

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