Archimedes

Wrong for the Right Reasons

Editors: Buchwald, Jed Z., Franklin, A. (Eds.)

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The rapidity with which knowledge changes makes much of past science obsolete, and often just wrong, from the present's point of view. We no longer think, for example, that heat is a material substance transferred from hot to cold bodies. But is wrong science always or even usually bad science? The essays in this volume argue by example that much of the past's rejected science, wrong in retrospect though it may be - and sometimes markedly so - was nevertheless sound and exemplary of enduring standards that transcend the particularities of culture and locale.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction: Beyond Disunity and Historicism

    Pages 1-16

    Buchwald, Jed Z. (et al.)

  • “In Order That We Should Not Ourselves Appear to Be Adjusting Our Estimates … to Make Them Fit Some Predetermined Amount”

    Pages 17-39

    Jones, Alexander

  • Ptolemy’s Theories of the Latitude of the Planets in the Almagest, Handy Tables, and Planetary Hypotheses

    Pages 41-71

    Swerdlow, N. M.

  • Alchemy and the Changing Significance of Analysis

    Pages 73-89

    Newman, William R. (et al.)

  • Descartes and the Heart Beat: A Conservative Innovation

    Pages 91-97

    Grene, Marjorie

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Wrong for the Right Reasons
Editors
  • Jed Z. Buchwald
  • A. Franklin
Series Title
Archimedes
Series Volume
11
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-3048-2
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-3048-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-3047-5
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6777-7
Series ISSN
1385-0180
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 230
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