Philosophy Of Science (A New Perspective)

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Item Code: IDH140
Publisher: Indian Institute Of Advanced Study, Shimla
Author: Afsar Abbas
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 8179860604
Pages: 96
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.8" X 5.6"
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Philosophy of science as discussed in this book is in the most modern context. It discusses the philosophical issues as inherent and built-in within research as pursued by the scientists in the forefront areas today. Examples from modern science, in particular currently hot topics in physics, have been provided to clarify the issues under discussion.

The Book is written in a smoothly flowing style so as to be accessible even to non-experts. Experts will find much that is new in the philosophy of science here. Detailed treatment of mathematics and of space, time and matter has also been provided in this book.

About the Author

Dr. Afsar Abbas is Professor at Institute of Physics (Government of India), Bhubaneswar. Besides philosophy of science, his research interests are in mathematical and theoretical particle physics, nuclear physics and cosmology.

Academic career: M Sc (Physics), McMaster University, Canada; Ph. D. (Theoretical Physics), Rutgers University, USA; Sir Charles Clore Postdoctoral Fellow, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel; Assistant Professor, Institute of Nuclear Phusics, Technical University, Darmstadt, Germany; senior Scientist, Department of theoretical Physics, University of Manchester, UK; and since 1991 scientist at IOP, Bhubaneswar.


Preface   7
Chapter 1 What is Philosophy of Science 9
Chapter 2 Mathematics as a Language of Nature 16
Chapter 3 A "Rip Van Winkle" Hypothesis 37
Chapter 4 A "Layers of Reality" Hypothesis 42
Chapter 5 A "Web of Induction" Hypothesis 48
Chapter 6 An "Instrumentalism to Realism" Hypothesis 55
Chapter 7 On Matter 63
Chapter 8 On Space and Time 76
Chapter 9 Conclusion: Where are We? 84
Bibliography   93

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