The Scientist as Philosopher

Philosophical Consequences of Great Scientific Discoveries

Authors: Weinert, Friedel

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How do major scientific discoveries reshape their originators’, and our own, sense of reality and concept of the physical world? The Scientist as Philosopher explores the interaction between physics and philosophy. Clearly written and well illustrated, the book first places the scientist-philosophers in the limelight as we learn how their great scientific discoveries forced them to reconsider the time-honored notions with which science had described the natural world. Then, the book explains that what we understand by nature and science have undergone fundamental conceptual changes as a result of the discoveries of electromagnetism, thermodynamics and atomic structure. Even more dramatically, the quantum theory and special theory of relativity questioned traditional assumptions about causation and the passage of time. The author concludes that the dance between science and philosophy is an evolutionary process, which will keep them forever entwined.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Scientist as Philosopher
Book Subtitle
Philosophical Consequences of Great Scientific Discoveries
Authors
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-27031-7
DOI
10.1007/b138529
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-20580-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-540-21374-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 344
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