© 1985

Protophysics of Time

Constructive Foundation and History of Time Measurement


Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 30)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Peter Janich
    Pages 30-86
  3. Peter Janich
    Pages 87-164
  4. Peter Janich
    Pages 165-213
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 214-241

About this book


For protophysics, the fascinating and impressive constructive re-establish­ ment of the foundations of science by Professor Paul Lorenzen, working with his colleagues and students of the Erlangen School, no task is more central than to.furmulate a theoretical understanding of the practical art of measurement of time. We are pleased, therefore, to have a new third edition of Peter Janich's masterful monograph on the protophysics of time, available in this English translation within the Boston Studies. We also look forward to the Boston University Symposium on protophysics in april of this year within which the full program of protophysics will be critically examined by German and American physicists and philosophers, supporters and critics. We are also grateful to Paul Lorenzen for contributing his powerful instructive essay on the 'axiomatic and constructive method' which intro­ duces this book. March 1985 ROBERT S. COHEN Center for the Philosophy and History of Science Boston University MARX W. WARTOFSKY Department of Philosophy Barnch College City University of New York vii PAUL LORENZEN CONSTRUCTIVE AND AXIOM A TIC METHOD Mathematics is like a big building with many apartments. We have at least Arithmetic and Analysis, Algebra and Topology - and we have Geometry and Probability-Theory. Very often the tenants of these different apartments seem not to understand each other. The Bourbaki movement promised a new unity of Mathematics by admit­ ting only the axiomatic method of Hilbert as genuine mathematical.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für PhilosophiePhilipps-Universität MarburgMarburgGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Protophysics of Time
  • Book Subtitle Constructive Foundation and History of Time Measurement
  • Authors P. Janich
  • Series Title Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-0724-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-8794-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-5189-1
  • Series ISSN 0068-0346
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVI, 241
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Originally published in German
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
    Classical Mechanics
    History, general
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