This comprehensive volume marks a new standard in scholarship in the emerging field of the philosophy of chemistry. Philosophers, chemists, and historians of science ask some fundamental questions about the relationship between philosophy and chemistry.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Number of pages: 362
Weight: 1540 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 22 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2006. Corr. 3rd printing 2007
From the reviews:
"This seems to indicate that the philosophy of chemistry is still in the process of synthesis, rather than a stable product of disciplinary consensus. ... There is material here of interest not just to philosophers, but also those with interests in history and philosophy of science and indeed the study of science and technology more broadly. ... for those who are curious, this volume would be a very good place to start seeking illumination." (Grant Fisher, Metascience, Vol. 16, 2007)
"Chapters in this book ... discuss chemistry's historical development; its relations to other sciences; its approaches to explanation, representation, classification, and measurement; and the ways in which issues in chemistry connect with, and shed light upon, larger philosophical questions about how sciences help us make sense of the world we live in. ... the philosophical questions, and their clear, careful, and engaging presentation in this book, will be of genuine interest to chemists ... . the essays in this volume will be a welcome resource." (Janet D. Stemwedel, Journal of Chemical Education, Vol. 83 (8), August, 2006)
"This collection of 19 papers is the result of a conference organized by the International Society for the Philosophy of Chemistry (ISPC) held in 1999. It ... will be read as, a landmark in the history of the philosophy of science. ... This volume testifies that ... chemistry has a philosophy of its own." (Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, Nuncius, Vol. XXI (2), 2006)
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