The Mystery of Matter

Hardcover | October 28, 1999

byJ. Trusted

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As Russell said, "The word matter is, in philosophy, the name of a problem," and our scientific investigations and philosophical inquiries show that it becomes more and more complex and interesting as we study it. This book seeks to show how ideas of matter have developed from Democritus to Heisenberg. The problem of matter may well be insoluble but at least we can begin to appreciate the mystery of what is so often taken to be the mundane "stuff" of common sense.

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As Russell said, "The word matter is, in philosophy, the name of a problem," and our scientific investigations and philosophical inquiries show that it becomes more and more complex and interesting as we study it. This book seeks to show how ideas of matter have developed from Democritus to Heisenberg. The problem of matter may well be...

Jennifer Trusted is Tutor for history and philosophy of science at the Open University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:199 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:October 28, 1999Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UK

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ISBN - 10:0312221452

ISBN - 13:9780312221454

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Table of Contents

Early Theories * Non-material Reality * From Atomos to Corpuscles * From Corpuscles to Atoms and Molecules * Phenomenalism: Matter as Sense Experience * The Divisible Atom * The Duality of Matter * Matter and Energy: Abstraction and Probability * Problems * Recapitulation and Assessment * Index