How the Laws of Physics Lie

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Acknowledgements p. vii Introduction p. 1 Essay 1 Causal Laws and Effective Strategies p. 21 Essay 2 The Truth Doesn't Explain Much p. 44 Essay 3 Do the Laws of Physics State the Facts? p. 54 Essay 4 The Reality of Causes In a World of Instrumental Laws p. 74 Essay 5 When Explanation Leads to Inference p. 87 Essay 6 For Phenomenological Laws p. 100 Essay 7 Fitting Facts to Equations p. 128 Essay 8 The Simulacrum Account of Explanation p. 143 Essay 9 How the Measurement Problem Is an Artefact of the Mathematics p. 163 Appendix; an Experiment to Test Reduction of the Wave Packet p. 206 Author Index p. 217 Subject Index p. 219.

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This is one of the great originals in the philosophy of science. It's a treatise on how science abstracts away reality to get to its laws, and in so doing, loses its ability to truthfully describe reality. Read full review

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Nancy Cartwright is Professor Philosophy, London School of Economics.

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