The Demons Of Science


The Demons Of Science
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Authors: Weinert, Friedel Demonstrates the central role that thought experiments can play in scientific reasoning and explores their deep philosophical consequences, with special emphasis on demons Written primarily for an academic audience, but also accessible to the ted layperson Inspires readers to question their existing assumptions about matters such as determinism and indeterminism Also addresses the nature of the mind, free will, an the arrows of time This book is the first all-encompassing exploration of the role of demons in philosophical and scientific thought experiments. In Part I, the author explains the importance of thought experiments in science and philosophy. Part II considers Laplaces Demon, whose claim is that the world is completely deterministic. Part III introduces Maxwells Demon, who – by contrast – experiences a world that is probabilistic and indeterministic. Part IV explores Nietzsches thesis of the cyclic and eternal recurrence of events. In each case a number of philosophical consequences regarding determinism and indeterminism, the arrows of time, the nature of the mind and free will are said to follow from the Demonss worldviews. The book investigates what these Demons – and others – can and cannot tell us about our world. Number of Illustrations and Tables 32 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour Topics History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics Philosophy of Science Popular Science in Physics Cosmology

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