The Natural Philosophy of James Clerk Maxwell (Broché)

Peter-M Harman

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This book provides an introductory yet comprehensive account of James Clerk Maxwell's (1831-1879) physics and worldview. The argument is structured by a focus on the fundamental themes which shaped Maxwell's science: analogy and geometry, models and mechanical explanation, statistical representation and the limitations of dynamical reasoning, and the relation between physical theory and its mathematical description. This approach, which considers his physics as a whole, bridges the disjunction between Maxwell's greatest contributions: the concept of the electromagnetic field and the kinetic theory of gases. Maxwell's work and ideas are viewed historically in terms of his indebtedness to the scientific and cultural traditions, of Edinburgh experimental physics and of Cambridge mathematics and philosophy of science, which nurtured his career.
    • Maxwell and the history of physics
    • Formative influences
    • Edinburgh physics and Cambridge mathematics
    • Physical and geometrical analogy
    • Models and mechanisms
    • Dynamical and statistical explanation
    • Geometry and physics
    • Physical reality: ether and matter
    • Physics and metaphysics
  • Date de parution : 01/01/2001
  • Editeur : Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN : 0-521-00585-X
  • EAN : 9780521005852
  • Présentation : Broché
  • Nb. de pages : 232 pages
  • Poids : 0.425 Kg
  • Dimensions : 15,0 cm × 23,0 cm × 1,6 cm

Biographie de Peter-M Harman

PETER HARMAN is Professor of the History of Science at Lancaster University. He is the editor of The Scientific Letters and Papers of James Clerk Maxwell (also published by Cambridge University Press). The present book derives from his lectures as Zeeman Visiting Professor of the History of Physics at the University of Amsterdam.

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