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Energy, Force and Matter

Energy, Force and Matter
The Conceptual Development of Nineteenth-Century Physics

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Part of Cambridge Studies in the History of Science

  • Date Published: April 1982
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521288125

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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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    "This is an interesting and well-written account of the transition of physics at the end of the 18th century as a synonym for natural philosophy to a distinct natural science with definite characteristics by the end of the 19th century." A.S. Crowell, Science Books & Films

    "...for each chapter...a valuable extensive bibiliograhic essay...for reference and further reading." A.D. Crowell, Science Books & Films

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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

    Preface
    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
    Bibliographic essay
    Sources of Quotations
    Index.

  • Author

    Peter M. Harman

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