Logical Leap : Induction in Physics

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  • Copyright: 2010-07-06
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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

Introductionp. ix
Prefacep. 1
The Foundationp. 5
The Nature of Conceptsp. 9
Generalizations as Hierarchicalp. 14
Perceiving First-Level Causal Connectionsp. 21
Conceptualizing First-Level Causal Connectionsp. 25
The Structure of Inductive Reasoningp. 29
Experimental Methodp. 36
Galileo's Kinematicsp. 38
Newton's Opticsp. 58
The Methods of Difference and Agreementp. 67
Induction as Inherent in Conceptualizationp. 74
The Mathematical Universep. 81
The Birth of Celestial Physicsp. 84
Mathematics and Causalityp. 103
The Power of Mathematicsp. 109
Proof of Kepler's Theoryp. 113
Newton's Integrationp. 116
The Development of Dynamicsp. 117
The Discovery of Universal Gravitationp. 131
Discovery Is Proofp. 143
The Atomic Theoryp. 151
Chemical Elements and Atomsp. 153
The Kinetic Theory of Gasesp. 164
The Unification of Chemistryp. 170
The Method of Proofp. 177
Causes of Errorp. 189
Misapplying the Inductive Methodp. 191
Abandoning the Inductive Methodp. 211
The Role of Mathematics and Philosophyp. 224
Physics as Inherently Mathematicalp. 225
The Science of Philosophyp. 232
An End-and a New Beginningp. 243
Referencesp. 259
Indexp. 269
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