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- DescriptionThis book is the first all-encompassing exploration of the role of demons in philosophical and scientific thought experiments. In Part I, the author explains the importance of thought experiments in science and philosophy. Part II considers Laplace's Demon, whose claim is that the world is completely deterministic. Part III introduces Maxwell's Demon, who - by contrast - experiences a world that is probabilistic and indeterministic. Part IV explores Nietzsche's thesis of the cyclic and eternal recurrence of events. In each case a number of philosophical consequences regarding determinism and indeterminism, the arrows of time, the nature of the mind and free will are said to follow from the Demons's worldviews. The book investigates what these Demons - and others - can and cant tell us about our world.
- Author BiographyFriedel Weinert is professor of history and philosophy of science at the University of Bradford in the UK. He is the author of several books about the interactions of science and philosophy - The Scientist as Philosopher (2004); Copernicus, Darwin and Freud (2009); The March of Time (2013)- as well as editor of Laws of Nature (1995) and co-editor of Compendium of Quantum Physics (2009) and Evolution 2.0 (2012).
- Author(s)Friedel Weinert
- PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
- Date of Publication19/05/2016
- SubjectScience & Mathematics: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Place of PublicationCham
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- ImprintSpringer International Publishing AG
- Content Note32 black & white illustrations, 8 colour illustrations, 8 colour tables, biography
- Weight561 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine16 mm
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