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Archimedes

Hermann von Helmholtz’s Mechanism: The Loss of Certainty

A Study on the Transition from Classical to Modern Philosophy of Nature

Authors: Schiemann, Gregor

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  • First English comprehensive contribution to one of the leading German physicists in the 19th century
  • An informative account of a highly important part of the history of science and a reconstruction of a conception of science that is greatly widespread to this day
  • Profound analysis of the interaction between classical physics and philosophy of nature
  • New insights into the impact of Immanuel Kant’s philosophy of science and metaphysics of nature on the philosophy of physics
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Two seemingly contradictory tendencies have accompanied the development of the natural sciences in the past 150 years. On the one hand, the natural sciences have been instrumental in effecting a thoroughgoing transformation of social structures and have made a permanent impact on the conceptual world of human beings. This historical period has, on the other hand, also brought to light the merely hypothetical validity of scientific knowledge. As late as the middle of the 19th century the truth-pathos in the natural sciences was still unbroken. Yet in the succeeding years these claims to certain knowledge underwent a fundamental crisis. For scientists today, of course, the fact that their knowledge can possess only relative validity is a matter of self-evidence.

The present analysis investigates the early phase of this fundamental change in the concept of science through an examination of Hermann von Helmholtz's conception of science and his mechanistic interpretation of nature. Helmholtz (1821-1894) was one of the most important natural scientists in Germany. The development of this thought offers an impressive but, until now, relatively little considered report from the field of the experimental sciences chronicling the erosion of certainty.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Hermann von Helmholtz’s Mechanism: The Loss of Certainty
Book Subtitle
A Study on the Transition from Classical to Modern Philosophy of Nature
Authors
Translated by
Klohr, C.
Series Title
Archimedes
Series Volume
17
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-5630-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-5630-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-5629-1
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7413-3
Series ISSN
1385-0180
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 284
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