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Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

A History of the Ideas of Theoretical Physics

Essays on the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Physics

Authors: D'Agostino, S.

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This book presents a perspective on the history of theoretical physics over the past two hundreds years. It comprises essays on the history of pre-Maxwellian electrodynamics, of Maxwell's and Hertz's field theories, and of the present century's relativity and quantum physics. A common thread across the essays is the search for and the exploration of themes that influenced significant con­ ceptual changes in the great movement of ideas and experiments which heralded the emergence of theoretical physics (hereafter: TP). The fun. damental change involved the recognition of the scien­ tific validity of theoretical physics. In the second half of the nine­ teenth century, it was not easy for many physicists to understand the nature and scope of theoretical physics and of its adept, the theoreti­ cal physicist. A physicist like Ludwig Boltzmann, one of the eminent contributors to the new discipline, confessed in 1895 that, "even the formulation of this concept [of a theoretical physicist] is not entirely without difficulty". 1 Although science had always been divided into theory and experiment, it was only in physics that theoretical work developed into a major research and teaching specialty in its own right. 2 It is true that theoretical physics was mainly a creation of tum­ of-the century German physics, where it received full institutional recognition, but it is also undeniable that outstanding physicists in other European countries, namely, Ampere, Fourier, and Maxwell, also had an important part in its creation.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • A Consideration on the Changing Role of Mathematics in Ampère’s and Weber’s Electrodynamics

    Pages 7-37

    D’Agostino, Salvo

  • A Survey of Theories of Units and Dimensions in Nineteenth-Century Physics

    Pages 39-43

    D’Agostino, Salvo

  • A Historical Role for Dimensional Analysis in Maxwell’s Electromagnetic Theory of Light

    Pages 45-75

    D’Agostino, Salvo

  • Problems of Theoretical Physics in the Second Half of Nineteenth Century

    Pages 77-106

    D’Agostino, Salvo

  • German Electrodynamics in the 1870’s

    Pages 111-134

    D’Agostino, Salvo

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A History of the Ideas of Theoretical Physics
Book Subtitle
Essays on the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Physics
Authors
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
213
Copyright
2000
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Kluwer Academic Publishers
eBook ISBN
978-94-010-9034-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-010-9034-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-0244-1
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 382
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