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- DescriptionWhat is temperature, and how can we measure it correctly? These may seem like simple questions, but the most rewned scientists struggled with them throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. In Inventing Temperature, Chang examines how scientists first created thermometers; how they measured temperature beyond the reach of standard thermometers; and how they managed to assess the reliability and accuracy of these instruments without a circular reliance on the instruments themselves. In a discussion that brings together the history of science with the philosophy of science, Chang presents the simple yet challenging epistemic and technical questions about these instruments, and the complex web of abstract philosophical issues surrounding them. Chang's book shows that many items of kwledge that we take for granted w are in fact spectacular achievements, obtained only after a great deal of invative thinking, painstaking experiments, bold conjectures, and controversy. Lurking behind these achievements are some very important philosophical questions about how and when people accept the authority of science.
- Author BiographyHasok Chang is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Science at University College London.
- PrizesWinner of Lakatos Prize 2006.
- Author(s)Hasok Chang
- PublisherOxford University Press Inc
- Date of Publication07/02/2008
- SubjectScience & Mathematics: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleOxford Studies in the Philosophy of Science
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOxford University Press Inc
- Content NoteBlack and white throughout.
- Weight445 g
- Width157 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine19 mm
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