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The Laboratory of the Mind

Thought Experiments in the Natural Sciences

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The Laboratory of the Mind by James Robert Brown
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Thought experiments are performed in the laboratory of the mind. Beyond this metaphor it is difficult to say just what these remarkable devices for investigating nature are or how they work. Though most scientists and philosophers would admit their great importance, there has been very little serious study of them. This volume is the first book-length investigation of thought experiments. Starting with Galileo's argument on falling bodies, Brown describes numerous examples of the most influential thought experiments from the history of science. Following this introduction to the subject, some substantial and provocative claims are made, the principle being that some thought experiments should be understood in the same way that platonists understand mathematical activity: as an intellectual grasp of an independently existing abstract realm. With its clarity of style and structure, The Laboratory of the Mind will find readers among all philosophers of science as well as scientists who have puzzled over how thought experiments work.
Release date NZ
April 29th, 1993
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
192
Dimensions
140x216x11
ISBN-13
9780415095792
Product ID
2249241

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