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Part III. History:

Experimental philosophy, a case study

 

11.    ISOLATION OF A FIELD OF SCIENCE [pdf]

11.1. Orientation                                                                             

11.2. Isolation                                                                                            

11.3. What is electricity?                                                              

11.4. The separation of chemistry and thermal physics

11.5. Opening up after isolation

 

 12.    SEARCHING FOR OBJECTIVITY [pdf]

12.1. Measurement

12.2. Fluid theories                                                                        

12.3. The inverse-square law                                               

12.4. Coulombís law                                                                       

12.5. Mathematical fields                                                                            

12.6. The discovery of the electric current   

12.7. The Newtonian worldview                                            

 

 13.    TECHNICAL PROGRESS [pdf]

13.1. The steam age                                  

13.2. Current and potential difference                     

13.3. Transformation and transport                                       

13.4. Electric circuits                                             

13.5. Practical philosophy

 

 14.    SEARCHING FOR UNIVERSAL LAWS [pdf]

14.1. Newtonianism and anti-Newtonianism            

14.2. Dissolution of the isolation                                          

14.3. The law of conservation of energy                                

14.4. Physical fields

14.5. The electromagnetic field

14.6. From ether theories to relativity

14.7. The method of analogy         

 

 15. THE HIDDEN STRUCTURE OF MATTER [pdf]15.1. The electrical fluid                            

15.2. The abc of atomic theory: Avogadro, Berzelius, Clausius and Dalton

15.3. Conduction in an electrolyte                                      

15.4. The discovery of the electron                         

15.5. The interaction of matter and field                  

15.6. The electromagnetic worldview                      

 

 16.   PHILOSOPHY OF EXPERIMENT [pdf]

16.1. End of the mechanical worldview

16.2. Models and experiments

16.3. Experiments and natural laws

 

 

 

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