Figuring Space: Philosophy, Mathematics and Physics Gilles Châtelet

ISBN: 9780792358800

Published: November 30th 1999

Hardcover

199 pages


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Figuring Space: Philosophy, Mathematics and Physics  by  Gilles Châtelet

Figuring Space: Philosophy, Mathematics and Physics by Gilles Châtelet
November 30th 1999 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 199 pages | ISBN: 9780792358800 | 3.17 Mb

In Figuring Space Gilles Chatelet seeks to capture the problem of intuition of mobility in philosophy, mathematics and physics. This he does by means of virtuality and intensive quantities (Oresme, Leibniz), wave-particle duality and perspectiveMoreIn Figuring Space Gilles Chatelet seeks to capture the problem of intuition of mobility in philosophy, mathematics and physics.

This he does by means of virtuality and intensive quantities (Oresme, Leibniz), wave-particle duality and perspective diagrams, philosophy of nature and Argands and Grassmans geometric discoveries and, finally, Faradays, Maxwells and Hamiltons electrophilosophy. This tumultuous relationship between mathematics, physics and philosophy is presented in terms of a comparison between intuitive practices and Discursive practices. The following concepts are treated in detail: The concept of virtuality- thought experiments- diagrams- special relativity- German Naturphilosophie and Romantic science.

Readership: The book does not require any considerable mathematical background, but it does insist that the reader quit the common instrumental conception of language. It will interest professional philosophers, mathematicians, physicists, and even younger scientists eager to understand the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics.



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