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# Logical Leap : Induction in Physics

**by**Harriman, David (Author)

### 9780451230058

0451230051

Paperback

7/6/2010

NAL Trade

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## Summary

Inspired by and expanding on a series of lectures by Leonard Peikoff, David Harriman presents a fascinating answer to the problem of induction-that is, the epistemological question of how we can know the truth of inductive generalizations.

## Author Biography

**David Harriman**worked as a physicist for the U.S. Department of Defense and taught philosophy at California State University, San Bernardino. He recently founded the Falling Apple Science Institute, a nonprofit that promotes science education.

## Table of Contents

Introduction | p. ix |

Preface | p. 1 |

The Foundation | p. 5 |

The Nature of Concepts | p. 9 |

Generalizations as Hierarchical | p. 14 |

Perceiving First-Level Causal Connections | p. 21 |

Conceptualizing First-Level Causal Connections | p. 25 |

The Structure of Inductive Reasoning | p. 29 |

Experimental Method | p. 36 |

Galileo's Kinematics | p. 38 |

Newton's Optics | p. 58 |

The Methods of Difference and Agreement | p. 67 |

Induction as Inherent in Conceptualization | p. 74 |

The Mathematical Universe | p. 81 |

The Birth of Celestial Physics | p. 84 |

Mathematics and Causality | p. 103 |

The Power of Mathematics | p. 109 |

Proof of Kepler's Theory | p. 113 |

Newton's Integration | p. 116 |

The Development of Dynamics | p. 117 |

The Discovery of Universal Gravitation | p. 131 |

Discovery Is Proof | p. 143 |

The Atomic Theory | p. 151 |

Chemical Elements and Atoms | p. 153 |

The Kinetic Theory of Gases | p. 164 |

The Unification of Chemistry | p. 170 |

The Method of Proof | p. 177 |

Causes of Error | p. 189 |

Misapplying the Inductive Method | p. 191 |

Abandoning the Inductive Method | p. 211 |

The Role of Mathematics and Philosophy | p. 224 |

Physics as Inherently Mathematical | p. 225 |

The Science of Philosophy | p. 232 |

An End-and a New Beginning | p. 243 |

References | p. 259 |

Index | p. 269 |

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