Higher Speculations: Grand Theories and Failed Revolutions in Physics and Cosmology (BOK)

Helge Kragh

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Throughout history, people have tried to construct 'theories of everything': highly ambitious attempts to understand nature in its totality. This account presents these theories in their historical contexts, from little known hypotheses from the past to modern developments such as the theory of superstrings, the anthropic principle and ideas of many universes, and uses them to problematize the limits of scientific knowledge. Do claims to theories of everything belong to science at all? Which are the epistemic standards on which an alleged scientific theory of the universe - or the multiverse - is to be judged? Such questions are currently being discussed by physicists and cosmologists, but rarely within a historical perspective. This book argues that these questions have a history and that knowledge of the historical development of 'higher speculations' may inform and qualify the current debate of the nature and limits of scientific explanation.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2011 Forfatter Helge Kragh
ISBN 9780199599882
Antall sider 416 Dimensjoner 17,6cm x 24,7cm x 2,6cm
Vekt 954 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Physics, History of science, Cosmology & the universe