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Experiment, Theory, Practice

Articles and Addresses

  • P. L. Kapitza

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 46)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Part One

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. P. L. Kapitza
      Pages 12-34
    3. P. L. Kapitza
      Pages 35-46
    4. P. L. Kapitza
      Pages 47-52
    5. P. L. Kapitza
      Pages 53-59
    6. P. L. Kapitza
      Pages 75-85
  3. Part Two

  4. Part Three

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. P. L. Kapitza
      Pages 135-139
    3. P. L. Kapitza
      Pages 140-143
    4. P. L. Kapitza
      Pages 144-151
    5. P. L. Kapitza
      Pages 152-154
    6. P. L. Kapitza
      Pages 155-160
    7. P. L. Kapitza
      Pages 161-164
  5. Part Four

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. P. L. Kapitza
      Pages 197-197
    3. P. L. Kapitza
      Pages 198-203
    4. P. L. Kapitza
      Pages 215-219
    5. P. L. Kapitza
      Pages 224-225
  6. Part Five

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. P. L. Kapitza
      Pages 229-230
    3. P. L. Kapitza
      Pages 231-243
    4. P. L. Kapitza
      Pages 244-250
    5. P. L. Kapitza
      Pages 251-270
  7. Part Six

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 277-277
    2. P. L. Kapitza
      Pages 279-299
    3. P. L. Kapitza
      Pages 300-314
    4. P. L. Kapitza
      Pages 315-322
    5. P. L. Kapitza
      Pages 323-324
    6. P. L. Kapitza
      Pages 325-326
    7. P. L. Kapitza
      Pages 327-333
  8. Part Seven

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 335-335
    2. P. L. Kapitza
      Pages 337-341
    3. P. L. Kapitza
      Pages 342-344
    4. P. L. Kapitza
      Pages 345-364
    5. P. L. Kapitza
      Pages 372-386

About this book

Introduction

In tbis splendid collection of the articles and addresses of P. L. Kapitza, the author remarks on the insight of the 18th century Ukrainian philosopher Skovoroda who wrote: "We must be grateful to God that He created the world in such a way that everytbing simple is true, and everything compli­ cated is untrue. " At another place, Kapitza meditates on the roles played by instinct, imagination, audacity, experiment, and hard work in the develop­ ment of science, and for a moment seems to despair at understanding the dogged arguments of great scientists: "Einstein loved to refer to God when there was no more sensible argument!" With Academician Kapitza, there are reasoned arguments, plausible alter­ natives, humor and humane discipline, energy and patience, a skill for the practical, and transcendent clarity about what is at issue in theoretical practice as in engineering necessities. Kapitza has been physicist, engineer, research manager, teacher, humanist, and tbis book demonstrates that he is a wise interpreter of historical, philosophical, and social realities. He is also, in C. P. Snow's words, strong, brave, and good (Variety of Men, N. Y. 1966, p. 19). In this preface, we shall point to themes from Kapitza's interpretations of science and life. On scientific work. Good work is never done with someone else's hands. The separation of theory from experience, from experimental work, and from practice, above all harms theory itself.

Keywords

education experimentation science

Authors and affiliations

  • P. L. Kapitza
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Physical ProblemsAcademy of SciencesMoscowU.S.S.R.

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-8977-1
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1980
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-1062-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-8977-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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