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Metaphysicians speak of laws of nature in terms of necessity and universality, and that conception played a role in the birth of modern physics some centuries ago, but today physicists speak in terms of symmetry, transformations, and invariance. Laws and Symmetry's three main objectives are: first, to show the failure of current philosophical accounts of laws of nature; second, to refute arguments for the reality of laws of nature; third, to contrib ute to an epistemology and a philosophy of science antithetical to such metaphysical notions. The latter involves an inquiry into the character and role of symmetry and of symmetry arguments in the physical sciences.

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  • Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

  • Year: 1,990

  • Pages: 416

  • Language: English

  • Topic: 313

  • Library: mexmat

  • Issue: 65

  • Identifier: 9780198248606,0198248601

  • Ddc: 113

  • Lcc: BD581 .V27 1989

  • Org File Size: 1,820,160

  • Extension: doc

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