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TitleNo Truth Except in the Details [electronic resource] : Essays in Honor of Martin J. Klein / edited by A. J. Kox, Daniel M. Siegel
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1995
Connect tohttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-0217-9
Descript XXV, 382 p. 13 illus., 1 illus. in color. online resource

SUMMARY

Beginning with a couple of essays dealing with the experimental and mathematical foundations of physics in the work of Henry Cavendish and Joseph Fourier, the volume goes on to consider the broad areas of investigation that constituted the central foci of the development of the physics discipline in the nineteenth century: electricity and magnetism, including especially the work of Michael Faraday, William Thomson, and James Clerk Maxwell; and thermodynamics and matter theory, including the theoretical work and legacy of Josiah Willard Gibbs, some experimental work relating to thermodynamics and kinetic theory of Heinrich Hertz, and the work of Felix Seyler-Hoppe on hemoglobin in the neighboring field of biophysics/biochemistry. Moving on to the beginning of the twentieth century, a set of three articles on Albert Einstein deal with his early career and various influences on his work. Finally, a set of historiographical issues important for the history of physics are discussed, and the chronological conclusion of the volume is an article on the Solvay Conference of 1933. For physicists interested in the history of their discipline, historians and philosophers of science, and graduate students in these and related disciplines


CONTENT

I. Foundations of Physics, Experimental and Mathematical -- The Last Experiment of Henry Cavendish -- Reading Mathematics, Constructing Physics: Fourier and His Readers, 1822โ{128}{147}1850 -- II. Electricity and Magnetism -- Electromagnetic Energy and the Early History of the Energy Principle -- Through the Looking-Glass, and What Maxwell Found There -- Electric Discharge in Rarefied Gases: The Dominion of Experiment. Faraday. Plรผcker. Hittorf. -- III. Thermodynamics and Matter Theory, Physical and Biological -- Gibbs and the Energeticists -- Heinrich Hertzโ{128}{153}s Attempt to Generate a Novel Account of Evaporation -- Crystals and Carriers: The Chemical and Physiological Identification of Hemoglobin -- IV Einstein -- Einstein, Specific Heats, and Residual Rays: The History of a Retracted Paper -- From Periphery to Center: Einsteinโ{128}{153}s Path from Bern to Berlin (1902โ{128}{147}1914) -- Einstein and Books -- V Further Perspectives -- Text and Context in Maxwellโ{128}{153}s Electromagnetic Theory -- Prediction and Theory Evaluation in Physics and Astronomy -- The Power of the Word -- The Seventh Solvay Conference: Nuclear Physics at the Crossroads -- Appendix. List of Publications of Martin J. Klein -- Index of Names


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