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Science and Hypothesis: The Complete Text (2017)


Poincaré, Jules Henri (Author)
Stump, David J. (Editor)
Frappier, Melanie (Editor)
Smith, Andrea (Translator)

Smith, Andrea
Bloomsbury Academic

Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 208
Language: English

Science and Hypothesis is a classic text in history and philosophy of science. Widely popular since its original publication in 1902, this first new translation of the work in over a century features unpublished material missing from earlier editions. Addressing errors introduced by Greenstreet and Halsted in their early 20th-century translations, it incorporates all the changes, corrections and additions Poincaré made over the years. Taking care to update the writing for a modern audience, Poincaré's ideas and arguments on the role of hypotheses in mathematics and in science become clearer and closer to his original meaning, while David J. Stump's introduction gives fresh insights into Poincaré's philosophy of science. By approaching Science and Hypothesis from a contemporary perspective, it presents a better understanding of Poincare's hierarchy of the sciences, with arithmetic as the foundation, geometry as the science of space, then mechanics and the rest of physics. For philosophers of science and scientists working on problems of space, time and relativity, this is a much needed translation of a ground-breaking work which demonstrates why Poincaré is still relevant today.

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Authors & Contributors
Winston, Andrew S.
Dowe, Phil
Salmon, Wesley C.
Woodward, J.
Borella, Vincent
Katzir, Shaul
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
de Gruyter
State University of New York Press
University of Pittsburgh
University of Western Ontario (Canada)
Philosophy of science
Explanation; hypotheses; theories
Poincaré, Jules Henri
Popper, Karl Raimund
Mach, Ernst
Curie, Pierre
Curie, Jacques
Voigt, Woldemar
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
Early modern
17th century

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