Book 2001

Reasoning in Physics

The Part of Common Sense

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ISBN: 978-0-7923-7140-3 (Print) 978-0-306-47636-5 (Online)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv

  2. Introduction

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      Chapter

      Pages 1-4

      Introduction

  3. The main lines

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 5-5

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      Chapter

      Pages 7-13

      Physics: what is essential, what is natural?

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      Chapter

      Pages 15-45

      A trend in reasoning: materialising the objects of physics

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      Chapter

      Pages 47-59

      The real world: intrinsic quantities

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      Chapter

      Pages 61-91

      The essential: laws for quantities “at time t”

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      Chapter

      Pages 93-117

      Quasistatic or causal changes in systems

  4. The impact of common sense Some investigations

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 119-119

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      Chapter

      Pages 121-132

      Quantities, laws and sign conventions

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      Chapter

      Pages 133-139

      Changing frames of reference at eleven

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      Chapter

      Pages 141-151

      Common reasoning about sound

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      Chapter

      Pages 153-162

      Constants and functional reduction

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      Chapter

      Pages 163-171

      Rotation and translation: simultaneity?

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      Chapter

      Pages 173-189

      From electrostatics to electrodynamics: historical and present difficulties

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      Chapter

      Pages 191-207

      Superposition of electric fields and causality

  5. Back Matter

    Pages 209-230