Htr Volume 10

Htr Volume 10

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...form certain broadly characteristic instances of scientific method. The present book contains matter for critical reflection; and to have that matter so collected and summarized is of advantage both to the general reader and to the philosopher. But the author cannot be said to exhibit either originality or skill in his own criticism. The book is a plea for a more rigorous positivism in science. Such a plea is timely in view of the present tendency among scientists to speculate on the ultimate constitution of matter. The new hypothesis of the electron, the conception of radio-activity, and the revision of the classic mechanics through the introduction of the principle of relativity, have led to such extravagances as Lorentz's attempt to conceive the ultimate substance as an electro-magnetic entity, or Einstein's hypothesis that length and time vary with motion. According to the author's view, it is both impossible and outside the province of science to conceive an ultimate physical substance that shall possess consistently and intelligibly all the properties that the most recent experimental discoveries require. Electricity is 8-8 impossible a substance as the earlier ether. The only hypothesis that has any virtue is the atomic hypothesis, and its only value is "t0 give a concrete, though crude, image of matter reduced to its Silllplest conditions." "The word electricity gives no such image of matter; it conveys absolutely no idea of materiality nor even of SP8-0e or time relations." It appears then that the author, after all, objects not so much to POStl1lates that carry one beyond the data of experimentation as to l-l15 new postulates with which it is now proposed to supplant matter. He is not more

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  • Paperback | 132 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 249g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236936817
  • 9781236936813