Physical Theory Method and Interpretation

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-10-31
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Author Biography

Lawrence Sklar was educated at Oberlin and Princeton and has had a lengthy career at Swarthmore, Princeton and the University of Michigan with his work focused on the philosophy of physics (theories of space and time, statistical mechanics, foundations of dynamics) and the methodology of physical science and has published widely in those areas. He has been awarded a number of prizes for distinction of his work, has served as president of philosophical academic associations and has given the Locke Lectures at Oxford and been a visiting fellow of All Souls College there.

Table of Contents


I. Scientific Method
1. Scientific Explanation -- James Woodward
2. Probabilistic Explanation -- Michael Strevens
3. The Nature of Laws -- Marc Lange
4. Reading Nature: The Interpretation of Scientific Theories -- Kyle Stanford
5. Structure of Theories -- Kerry McKenzie and Simon Saunders
6. Evolution and Revolution in Science -- Jarrett Leplin

II. Foundations of Physics
7. What Can We Learn About the Ontology of Space and Time From the Theory of Relativity -- John D. Norton
8. QM -- Laura Ruetsche
9. Statistical Mechanics in Physical Theory -- Lawrence Sklar


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