The Scientists as philosopher

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Unformatted text preview: The Scientist as Philosopher 3 Berlin Heidelberg New York Hong Kong London Milan Paris Tokyo Friedel Weinert The Scientist as Philosopher Philosophical Consequences of Great Scientific Discoveries With 52 Figures 1 3 Dr. Friedel Weinert University of Bradford Department of Social Sciences and Humanities Bradford BD7 1DP Great Britain e-mail: F.Weinert@Bradford.ac.uk Cover figures reproduced from Faraday, M.: A Course of 6 Lectures on the Various Forces of Matter and Their Relation to Each Other. Ed. by W. Crookes (Griffin, London, Glasgow 1860) Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Weinert, Friedel, 1950 . The scientist as philosopher: philosophical consequences of great scientific discoveries Friedel Weinert. p.cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 3-540-20580-2 (acid-free paper) 1. Discoveries in science. 2. SciencePhilosophy. 3. Philosophy and science. I. Title Q180.55.D57W45 2004 501dc22 2003064922 ISBN 3-540-21374-0 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg New York This work is subject to copyright. All rights are reserved, whether the whole or part of the material is concerned, specifically the rights of translation, reprinting, reuse of illustrations, recitation, broad-casting, reproduction on microfilm or in any other way, and storage in data banks. Duplication of this publication or parts thereof is permitted only under the provisions of the German Copyright Law of September 9, 1965, in its current version, and permission for use must always be obtained from Springer-Verlag. Violations are liable for prosecution under the German Copyright Law. Springer-Verlag is a part of Springer Science+Business Media springeronline.com Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2005 Printed in Germany The use of general descriptive names, registered names, trademarks, etc. in this publication does not imply, even in the absence of a specific statement, that such names are exempt from the relevant pro-tective laws and regulations and therefore free for general use. Typesetting: Data conversion by LE-T E X Jelonek, Schmidt & Vckler GbR, Leipzig, Germany using a Springer T E X macro package Cover design: design & production GmbH, Heidelberg Printed on acid-free paper SPIN 10988442 57/3141/tr 5 4 3 2 1 0 The Scientist as Philosopher Science has always had ( . . . ) a metaphoric function that is, it generates an important part of a cultures symbolic vocabulary and provides some of the metaphysical bases and philosophical orientations of our ideology. As a consequence the methods of argument of science, its conceptions and its models, have permeated first the intellectual life of the time, then the tenets and usages of everday life. All philosophies share with science the need to work with concepts such as space, time, quantity, matter, order, law, causality, verification, reality....
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