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By focusing on the conceptual issues faced by nineteenth century physicists, this book clarifies the status of field theory, the ether, and thermodynamics in the work of the period. A remarkably synthetic account of a difficult and fragmentary period in scientific development.
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- Date Published: April 1982
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521288125
- length: 196 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 140 x 11 mm
- weight: 0.26kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: The conceptual structure of nineteenth-century physics
2. The context of physical theory: energy, force and matter
3. Energy physics and mechanical explanation
4. Matter and force: ether and field theories
5. Matter theory: problems of molecular physics
6. Epilogue: the decline of the mechanical world view
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