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- DescriptionThere is hardly ather principle in physics with wider scope of applicability and more far-reaching consequences than Pauli's exclusion principle. This book explores the principle's origin in the atomic spectroscopy of the early 1920s, its subsequent embedding into quantum mechanics, and later experimental validation with the development of quantum chromodynamics. The reconstruction of this crucial historic episode provides an excellent foil to reconsider Kuhn's view on incommensurability. The author defends the prospective rationality of the revolutionary transition from the old to the new quantum theory around 1925 by focusing on the way Pauli's principle emerged as a phemelogical rule 'deduced' from some amalous phemena and theoretical assumptions of the old quantum theory. The subsequent process of validation is historically reconstructed and analysed within the framework of 'dynamic Kantianism'. The variety of themes skilfully interwoven in this book will appeal to philosophers, historians, scientists and anyone interested in philosophy.
- Author BiographyMichela Massimi is a Research Fellow at Girton College, University of Cambridge, affiliated to the Department of History and Philosophy of Science.
- Author(s)Michela Massimi
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication04/08/2005
- SubjectScience: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note17 b/w illus. 8 tables
- Weight500 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine16 mm
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