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This printing of Poincare's book is FULL OF PRINTING ERRORS. Worse still, many of the math expressions are printed with random symbols and the expressions appear as pure gibberish. I suspect this product was "created" by Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology without troubling to compensate for OCR errors. This book badly needs careful editing, and should be taken off the shelves until it is corrected.
This book is a 1905 English translation of Poincare's "La Science et l'hypothèse" which was originally published in 1903. It is an excellent reproduction, obviously photographic, with none of the contamination rife in books "re-created" by optical character recognition software. It is published by Forgotten Books ([...]), who say on their webpage: "We reprint classical literature and old books that have long been out of print."
He wrote in the Author's Preface to this 1902 book, "The method of the physical sciences is based up the induction which leads us to expect the recurrence of a phenomenon when the circumstances which give rise to it are repeated. If all the circumstances could be simultaneously reproduced, this principle could be fearlessly applied; but this never happens; some of the circumstances will always be missing. Are we absolutely certain that they are unimportant? Evidently not! It may be probable, but it cannot be rigorously certain. Hence the importance of the role that is played in the physical sciences by the law of probability. The calculus of probabilities is therefore not merely a recreation... and we must thoroughly examine the principles on which it is based... I have but very incomplete results to lay before the reader, for the vague instinct which enables us to determine probability almost defies analysis." (Pg. xxvi-xxvii)
He suggests, "The geometrical axioms are therefore neither synthetic à priori intuitions nor experimental facts. They are conventions.Read more ›
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