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Zeno's Arrow Paradox

Nick Huggett

in Everywhere and Everywhen: Adventures in Physics and Philosophy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195379518
eISBN:
9780199776559
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379518.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This pair of chapters discuss Zeno's paradoxes and some of their modern descendants: the ‘dichotomy’, the ‘arrow’, and the ‘supertasks’ of Thompson's lamp and Bernadete. These paradoxes arise from ... More


Zeno's Paradoxes

Nick Huggett

in Everywhere and Everywhen: Adventures in Physics and Philosophy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195379518
eISBN:
9780199776559
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379518.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This pair of chapters discuss Zeno's paradoxes and some of their modern descendants: the ‘dichotomy’, the ‘arrow’, and the ‘supertasks’ of Thompson's lamp and Bernadete. These paradoxes arise from ... More


Analysis and Stochastics of Growth Processes and Interface Models

Peter Mörters, Roger Moser, Mathew Penrose, Hartmut Schwetlick, and Johannes Zimmer (eds)

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199239252
eISBN:
9780191716911
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239252.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, Probability / Statistics, Analysis

There has been a significant increase recently in activities on the interface between applied analysis and probability theory. With the potential of a combined approach to the study of various ... More


Writing a Pedagogical History of Mathematical Physics

in Masters of Theory: Cambridge and the Rise of Mathematical Physics

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226873749
eISBN:
9780226873763
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226873763.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Cambridge University for many years during the Victorian era was one of Europe's foremost training grounds in mathematical physics. From the cosmic sciences of celestial mechanics, thermodynamics, ... More


The Philosophy of Mathematical Practice

Paolo Mancosu (ed.)

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199296453
eISBN:
9780191711961
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296453.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

Contemporary philosophy of mathematics offers us an embarrassment of riches. But anyone familiar with this area will be aware of the need for new approaches that will pay closer attention to ... More


Masters of Theory: Cambridge and the Rise of Mathematical Physics

Andrew Warwick

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226873749
eISBN:
9780226873763
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226873763.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

When Isaac Newton published the Principia three centuries ago, only a few scholars were capable of understanding his conceptually demanding work. Yet this esoteric knowledge quickly became accessible ... More


Fitting Facts to Equations

Nancy Cartwright

in How the Laws of Physics Lie

Published in print:
1983
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198247043
eISBN:
9780191597152
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198247044.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Are things in the real world governed by the mathematical equations of fundamental theories in physics? If we take seriously the practice of fitting facts into equations, the answer should be no. To ... More


A Revolutionary Science

in When Physics Became King

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226542010
eISBN:
9780226542003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226542003.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses the rise of mathematical physics in revolutionary France at the beginning of the century and the emergence there of new analytical styles of reasoning about nature. Radical ... More


Two Traditions: Mathematical Physics and Technical Mechanics

David Bloor

in The Enigma of the Aerofoil: Rival Theories in Aerodynamics, 1909-1930

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226060941
eISBN:
9780226060934
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226060934.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter presents the reasons advanced against the circulation theory of lift proposed by non-engineers who worked in the British, and particularly the Cambridge, tradition of mathematical ... More


Exact solutions and related topics

Hidetoshi Nishimori and Gerardo Ortiz

in Elements of Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199577224
eISBN:
9780191722943
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577224.003.0009
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

Only a limited number of models of phase transitions and critical phenomena can be solved exactly. These examples nevertheless play important roles in many aspects including the verification of the ... More


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