Heinrich Hertz: Classical Physicist, Modern Philosopher by D. BairdHeinrich Hertz: Classical Physicist, Modern Philosopher by D. Baird

Heinrich Hertz: Classical Physicist, Modern Philosopher

EditorD. Baird

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This first major collection of essays devoted to Heinrich Hertz (1857-1894) brings together an international group of physicists, philosophers, and historians of science. It includes investigations of Hertz's background, his theoretical and experimental contributions, his philosophy of science, and his influence on science and philosophy in the twentieth century. Its central focus is Hertz's Principles of Mechanics of 1894 which develops the methodological intuitions that also informed his earlier discovery of electromagnetic wave radiation (so-called radio waves). Though his proposed reform of mechanics was not adopted, the book proved influential on physicists like Einstein, Schrödinger, Bohr, and Heisenberg, and on philosophers like Cassirer, Schlick, and Wittgenstein. It can be regarded as an ancestor of Thomas Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions, it anticipated current discussions on the role of models in science, and it represents an important chapter in the history of conventionalism. Audience: Philosophers of science, historians of science, Wittgenstein scholars, historians and philosophers of technology, physicists, electrical engineers, and mathematicians.
Title:Heinrich Hertz: Classical Physicist, Modern PhilosopherFormat:PaperbackDimensions:335 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.04 inPublished:December 7, 2010Publisher:Springer NetherlandsLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface; R.S. Cohen. Hertz, Helmholtz and Their Experimental Culture. Heinrich Hertz and the Berlin School of Physics; D. Hoffmann. From Helmholtz's Philosophy of Science to Hertz's Picture-Theory; M. Heidelberger. The Loss of World in the Image: Origin and Development of the Concept of Image in the Thought of Hermann von Helmholtz and Heinrich Hertz; G. Schiemann. Electrodynamics and the Discovery of Electromagnetic Waves. Heinrich Hertz's Experiments and Experimental Apparatus: His Discovery of Radio Waves and His Delineation of their Properties; J. Bryant. Hertz's Study of Propagation vs. Rutherford's Study of Structure: Two Modes of Experimentation and their Theoretical Underpinnings; G. Hon. On Hertz's Conceptual Conversion: From Wire Waves to Air Waves; M. Doncel. The Principles of Mechanics. Hertz's View on the Methods of Physics: Experiment and Theory Reconciled? S. D'Agostino. Hertz and the Geometrization of Mechanics; J. Lützen. Hertz's Principles; S. Saunders. `Everything Could be Different': The Principles of Mechanics and the Limits of Physics; A. Nordmann. Hertz's Influence on Twentieth Century Science and Philosophy. The Reception of Heinrich Hertz's Principles of Mechanics by his Contemporaries; J. Mulligan. Heinrich Hertz's Mechanics: A Model for Werner Heisenberg's April 1925 Paper on the Anomalous Zeeman Effect; K. Hentschel. Heinrich Hertz's Picture-Conception of Theories: Its Elaboration by Hilbert, Weyl, and Ramsey; U. Majer. Hertz's Philosophy of Nature in Wittgenstein's Tractatus; G. Graßhoff. Afterword. Reflections and Reactions; J. Buchwald. Bibliography. Concordance and Index of Passages. Name Index.

Editorial Reviews

`... unusually well-balanced anthology ... The editors...are to be congratulated for producing a superb introduction to Hertz scholarship.' ISIS, 91:1 (2000)