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

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 30, 1982 - Science - 182 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction The Conceptual Structure of NineteenthCentury Physics
1
The Context of Physical Theory Energy Force and Matter
12
Energy Physics and Mechanical Explanation
45
Matter and Force Ether and Field Theories
72
Matter Theory Problems of Molecular Physics
120
Epilogue The Decline of the Mechanical World View
149
Bibliographic Essay
156
Sources of Quotations
177
Index
180
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P. M. HARMAN is Professor of the History of Science at Lancaster University.

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