The Reign Of Relativity: Philosophy In Physics 1915-1925 by Thomas Ryckman

The Reign Of Relativity: Philosophy In Physics 1915-1925

byThomas Ryckman

Paperback | May 4, 2007

not yet rated|write a review

Pricing and Purchase Info

$56.50

Earn 283 plum® points

Ships within 1-3 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores

about

Universally recognized as bringing about a revolutionary transformation of the notions of space, time, and motion in physics, Einstein's theory of gravitation, known as "general relativity," was also a defining event for 20th century philosophy of science. During the decisive first ten yearsof the theory's existence, two main tendencies dominated its philosophical reception. This book is an extended argument that the path actually taken, which became logical empiricist philosophy of science, greatly contributed to the current impasse over realism, whereas new possibilities are openedin revisiting and reviving the spirit of the more sophisticated tendency, a cluster of viewpoints broadly termed transcendental idealism, and furthering its articulation. It also emerges that Einstein, while paying lip service to the emerging philosophy of logical empiricism, ended up siding defacto with the latter tendency. Ryckman's work speaks to several groups, among them philosophers of science and historians of relativity. Equations are displayed as necessary, but Ryckman gives the non-mathematical reader enough background to understand their occurrence in the context of his wider philosophical project.

About The Author

Thomas Ryckman received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia University in 1986. He has taught philosophy of science at Wesleyan University, The University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University. He lives in San Francisco.
Einstein
Einstein

by Thomas Ryckman

$38.39$47.90

Available for download

Not available in stores

The Form of Information in Science: Analysis of an Immunology Sublanguage
The Form of Information in Science: Analysis of an Immunology Sublanguage

by Z. Harris

$473.75$544.95

In stock online

Not available in stores

Details & Specs

Title:The Reign Of Relativity: Philosophy In Physics 1915-1925Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:May 4, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195320182

ISBN - 13:9780195320183

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of The Reign Of Relativity: Philosophy In Physics 1915-1925

Reviews

Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

"This is (or should be) a major "paradigm shift" in contemporary philosophy of science and epistemology. Ryckman masterfully blends usually incommensurable skills in mathematics (differential geometry), physics(gravitational and electrodynamic theory), Husserlian phenomenology, logicalempiricism, and neo-Kantianism to rehabilitate post-1916 Einstein discourse on the phiolosophy and strategy of general relativity and unified field theory. Highly recommended."--CHOICE