Unifying Scientific Theories
Physical Concepts and Mathematical Structures
By (author) Margaret Morrison
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Unifying Scientific Theories by Margaret Morrison
Book DescriptionThis book is about the methods used for unifying different scientific theories under one all-embracing theory. The process has characterized much of the history of science and is prominent in contemporary physics; the search for a 'theory of everything' involves the same attempt at unification. Margaret Morrison argues that, contrary to popular philosophical views, unification and explanation often have little to do with each other. The mechanisms that facilitate unification are not those that enable us to explain how or why phenomena behave as they do. A feature of this book is an account of many case studies of theory unification in nineteenth- and twentieth-century physics and of how evolution by natural selection and Mendelian genetics were unified into what we now term evolutionary genetics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521652162
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Jan-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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The book examines issues related to the way modeling and simulation enable us to reconstruct aspects of the world we are investigating. It also investigates the processes by which we extract concrete knowledge from those reconstructions and how that knowledge is legitimated.
Unifying Scientific Theories, Paperback (June 2007)
This book is about the methods used for unifying different scientific theories under one all-embracing theory.
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