說明 
ix, 272 pages ; 25 cm 

text txt rdacontent 

unmediated n rdamedia 

volume nc rdacarrier 
附註 
Includes bibliographical references and index 

1. Introduction  2. The prehistory of classical dynamics  3. The astronomical revolution  4. Precursors to Newtonian dynamics  5. The Newtonian synthesis  6. Philosophical aspects of the Newtonian synthesis  7. The history of statics  8. The development of dynamics after Newton  9. The 'Newtonian' approach after Newton  10. From virtual work to Lagrange's equation  11. Extremal principles  12. Some philosophical reflections on explanation and theory  13. Conservation principles  14. Hamilton's equations  15. Canonical transformations, optical analogies and algebraic structures  16. The search for new foundations  17. New directions in the applications of dynamics  18. Spacetime formulations of Newtonian dynamics  19. Formalizations: mass and force  20. Relationist dynamics  21. Modes of explanation  22. Retrospective and conclusions 

"Although now replaced by more modern theories, classical mechanics remains a core foundational element of physical theory. From its inception, the theory of dynamics has been riddled with conceptual issues and differing philosophical interpretations and throughout its long historical development, it has shown subtle conceptual refinement. The interpretive program for the theory has also shown deep evolutionary change over time. Lawrence Sklar discusses crucial issues in the central theory from which contemporary foundational theories are derived and shows how some core issues (the nature of force, the place of absolute reference frames) have nevertheless remained deep puzzles despite the increasingly sophisticated understanding of the theory which has been acquired over time. His book will be of great interest to philosophers of science, philosophers in general and physicists concerned with foundational interpretive issues in their field" Provided by publisher 
主題 
Dynamics


Science  Philosophy

