Advertisement

Conclusions

  • Salvo D’Agostino
Chapter
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 213)

Abstract

Throughout the second half of the nineteenth century in Europe, physicists such as Helmholtz, Maxwell, Hertz, Mach, Boltzmann, Planck, Poincaré’ et al. were all aware of the philosophical problems implicitly present in the theories of physics. Through their reflective criticism, documented in a rich epistemological literature unequalled in our times, they made a major contribution to the process of shaping that peculiar mentality which distinguished the theoretician from the experimentalist. This trend continued into the first decades of our century.

Keywords

Reflective Criticism Philosophical Problem Pure Theory Competent Physicist Theoretical Language 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Notes

  1. 1.
    Einstein [1949].Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Schrödinger [1951] 47.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Schrödinger [1951] 24, 25.. Very probably he refers to Hertz’s and Boltzmann’s Bild-conception.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Schrödinger uses this wad in his German articles and often quotes his teacher Franz Exner (Boltzmann’s student) and even Boltzmann himself.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Boltzmann [1974] 96.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Chevalley [1985] 265.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Schrödinger [1951] 8.Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    I refer mainly to Einstein’s completeness, as stated for instance in: Einstein [1949] 665–688.Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    A.Fine[1986]80.Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Chevalley [1985] 251–292.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Salvo D’Agostino
    • 1
  1. 1.Università “La Sapienza”RomaItaly

Personalised recommendations