• Sign In / Register
  • Help
  • Basket0
Observability and Observation in Physical Science - Synthese Library 209 (Paperback)
  • Observability and Observation in Physical Science - Synthese Library 209 (Paperback)
zoom

Observability and Observation in Physical Science - Synthese Library 209 (Paperback)

(author)
£118.50
Paperback 166 Pages / Published: 14/10/2011
  • We can order this

Usually despatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
The concept of observability of entities in physical science is typically analyzed in terms of the nature and significance of a dichotomy between observables and unobservables. In this book, however, this categorization is resisted and observability is analyzed in a descriptive way in terms of the information which one can receive through interaction with objects in the world. The account of interaction and the transfer of information is done using applicable scientific theories. In this way the question of observability of scientific entities is put to science itself. Several examples are presented which show how this interaction-information account of observability is done. It is demonstrated that observability has many dimensions which are in general orthogonal. The epistemic significance of these dimensions is explained. This study is intended primarily as a method for understanding problems of observability rather than as a solution to those problems. The important issue of scientific realism and its relation to observability, however, demands attention. Hence, the implication of the interaction-information account for realism is drawn in terms of the epistemic significance of the dimensions of observability. This amounts to specifying what it is about good observations that make them objective evidence for scientific theories.

Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9789401075985
Number of pages: 166
Weight: 266 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 9 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 198

You may also be interested in...

A Survey of Metaphysics
Added to basket
On Being
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Moral Landscape
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Darwin's Dangerous Idea
Added to basket
The Fabric of Reality
Added to basket
The Scientific Outlook
Added to basket
Turning Point
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
Critical Mass
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Earth
Added to basket
£20.00
Hardback
Chaos
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Logic of Scientific Discovery
Added to basket
Rocks Of Ages
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Poetics of Space
Added to basket
The Immortal Mind
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.