- Paperback: 428 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (July 7, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521017300
- ISBN-13: 978-0521017305
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,632,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Theory Construction and Selection in Modern Physics: The S Matrix
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"...provides a compact but wide-ranging survey of the contending philosophies: and it does so in a spirit that is fair minded, clear(clear, that is, by the standards of philosophic exposition), and forebearing." American Journal of Physics
"...this book constitutes a serious endeavor in which sophisticated discussions are supported by thoroughly readable analysis of actual scientific practice. It is an impressive and important contribution, both to our historical understanding of scientific practice and to the ongoing philosophical debate about the nature of science, and advances scholarship in the philosophy of science in an important direction....Cushing's book, with its reliable treatments and impressive nontechnical summaries of technicality, is a successful effort that will help a wide audience overcome the difficulties and understand the philosophical issues involved in contemporary physics, thereby inviting them to participate in the ongoing discussions." Tian Yu Cao, Isis
"...performs a valuable and necessary service by testing theories of scientific explanation against carefully developed accounts of how complex quantitative theories develop, function, and are appraised." Edward M. MacKinnon, Foundations of Physics
One of the major philosophical problems in physical sciences is what criteria should determine how scientific theories are selected and justified in practice and whether, in describing observable physical phenomena, such theories are effectively constrained to be unique.