On Meaningful Scientific Laws

Authors: Falmagne, Jean-Claude, Doble, Christopher

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  • This book gives many examples of applications
  • A "how to" book, which prepares the reader to transforming the problem of finding the scientific law relevant to a phenomenon into solving a functional equation problem
  • Closely related to, but essentially different from, dimensional analysis
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The authors describe systematic methods for uncovering scientific laws a priori, on the basis of intuition, or “Gedanken Experiments”. Mathematical expressions of scientific laws are, by convention, constrained by the rule that their form must be invariant with changes of the units of their variables. This constraint makes it possible to narrow down the possible forms of the laws. It is closely related to, but different from, dimensional analysis. It is a mathematical book, largely based on solving functional equations. In fact, one chapter is an introduction to the theory of functional equations.

About the authors

Jean-Claude Falmagne is an emeritus professor of Cognitive Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. His research interests focus on the application of mathematics to educational technology, psychophysics, choice theory, and philosophy of sciences, in particular measurement theory.
Chris Doble is the Math Content Development Manager at MHE / ALEKS Corporation. Along with his focus on using technology in the teaching and learning of mathematics, he maintains academic interests and publishes in measurement theory and psychophysics.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
On Meaningful Scientific Laws
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-662-46098-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-46098-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-662-46097-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-51638-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 170
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