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17. The Physics made Public

17. The Physics made Public  

Tom Sorell

in Descartes: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776632
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854094.003.0017
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9780192854094
The Principles of Philosophy summarized Descartes' metaphysics before turning to physics. The rules of impact were introduced and motion defined in a way that distanced Descartes from the ... More
20. Descartes’s Ghost

20. Descartes’s Ghost  

Tom Sorell

in Descartes: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776632
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854094.003.0020
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‘Descartes's Ghost’ considers his influence. His writings were placed on the Index by the Roman Catholic Church in 1663. Some decades later, Newton's physics superseded Descartes', and ... More
4. Motion perception

4. Motion perception  

Brian Rogers

in Perception: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2017
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Oct 2017
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9780191833410
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10.1093/actrade/9780198791003.003.0004
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9780198791003
The ability to detect motion is one of the most important properties of our visual system and the visual systems of nearly every other species. Motion perception is not just important for ... More
1. Matter and Metaphysics

1. Matter and Metaphysics  

Tom Sorell

in Descartes: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776632
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854094.003.0001
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9780192854094
‘Matter and Metaphysics’ explores Descartes' theory that only geometrical properties — length, depth, and breadth — were essential to matter, and that only these properties and motion were ... More
8. Three Specimens of a Method

8. Three Specimens of a Method  

Tom Sorell

in Descartes: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776632
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854094.003.0008
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9780192854094
‘Three Specimens of a Method’ discusses three essays: Dioptrics, Meteors, and Geometry, published, together with the Discourse on Methods, in 1637. The literary form of the Discourse and ... More
7. The Suppressed Physics

7. The Suppressed Physics  

Tom Sorell

in Descartes: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776632
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854094.003.0007
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9780192854094
‘The Suppressed Physics’ focuses on Descartes' third project — a large-scale treatise that would outline a unified explanation of all natural phenomena. This was published only after ... More
4. Is synaesthesia a ‘gift’ or a ‘condition’?

4. Is synaesthesia a ‘gift’ or a ‘condition’?  

Julia Simner

in Synaesthesia: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
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9780191813405
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10.1093/actrade/9780198749219.003.0004
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9780198749219
Is there a consequence to having synaesthesia, even beyond the obvious difference of experiencing merged sensations? Do synaesthetes also have qualities that make them different to ... More
5. Physical Information

5. Physical Information  

Luciano Floridi

in Information: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777349
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10.1093/actrade/9780199551378.003.0006
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9780199551378
‘Physical information’ explores the relationship between physics and metaphysics with regards to the nature of information. Information theory and processes seem to have physical ... More
7. Applications in science, medicine, and operations research

7. Applications in science, medicine, and operations research  

John Haigh

in Probability: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777943
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10.1093/actrade/9780199588480.003.0007
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9780199588480
‘Applications in science, medicine, and operations research’ applies theories of probability to a range of different subject areas. Brownian motion of particles in liquid was explained by ... More
Perception: A Very Short Introduction

Perception: A Very Short Introduction  

Brian Rogers

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Oct 2017
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Oct 2017
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9780191833410
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10.1093/actrade/9780198791003.001.0001
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9780198791003
Perception is concerned with how we use the information reaching our senses to guide and control our behaviour and create our particular, subjective experiences of the world. Perception: A ... More
3. Space

3. Space  

Frank Close

in Nothing: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2009
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Sep 2013
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9780191777004
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10.1093/actrade/9780199225866.003.0003
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9780199225866
‘Space’ considers Newton's conception of space and time. For Newton, space-time was an absolute inertial frame, against which objects' motion could be measured. An inertial frame is one ... More
Soft Matter: A Very Short Introduction

Soft Matter: A Very Short Introduction  

Tom McLeish

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Oct 2020
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Oct 2020
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9780191844904
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10.1093/actrade/9780198807131.001.0001
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9780198807131
Soft Matter: A Very Short Introduction explores the field of soft matter, looking beneath the appearances of matter into its inner structure. Drawing on physics, chemistry, ... More
Philosophy of Physics: A Very Short Introduction

Philosophy of Physics: A Very Short Introduction  

David Wallace

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Apr 2021
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Apr 2021
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9780191851902
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10.1093/actrade/9780198814320.001.0001
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9780198814320
Philosophy of Physics: A Very Short Introduction explores the core topics of philosophy of physics through three key themes: the nature of space and time; the origin of ... More
3. Relativity and its philosophy

3. Relativity and its philosophy  

David Wallace

in Philosophy of Physics: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2021
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Apr 2021
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9780191851902
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10.1093/actrade/9780198814320.003.0004
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This chapter discusses how relativity theory affects our ideas about space, time, and motion. The special theory of relativity does not introduce the idea that motion is relative: it ... More
2. Motion and inertia

2. Motion and inertia  

David Wallace

in Philosophy of Physics: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2021
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Apr 2021
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9780191851902
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10.1093/actrade/9780198814320.003.0003
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9780198814320
This chapter explores the question of what it means for something to move, and why physics cannot be done without an answer to that question. It does so mostly in the context of Newtonian ... More
4. Gravitational waves

4. Gravitational waves  

Timothy Clifton

in Gravity: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2017
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Feb 2017
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9780191795862
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10.1093/actrade/9780198729143.003.0004
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9780198729143
As stars collapse they eject huge amounts of mass and energy; their gravitational field changes rapidly and, therefore, so does the curvature of the space-time around them. If the curvature ... More
1. What is superconductivity?

1. What is superconductivity?  

Stephen Blundell

in Superconductivity: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2009
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Sep 2013
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9780191777240
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10.1093/actrade/9780199540907.003.0001
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9780199540907
When Kamerlingh Onnes, working in his Leiden laboratory in 1911, discovered a strange phenomenon affecting the properties of mercury at very low temperatures, he christened it ... More
Fractals: A Very Short Introduction

Fractals: A Very Short Introduction  

Kenneth Falconer

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Sep 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191778599
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10.1093/actrade/9780199675982.001.0001
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9780199675982
Fractals: A Very Short Introduction looks at the roots of the ‘fractal revolution’ that occurred in mathematics in the 20th century. It presents the ‘new geometry’ of fractals, ... More
5. Random walks and Brownian motion

5. Random walks and Brownian motion  

Kenneth J. Falconer

in Fractals: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191778599
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10.1093/actrade/9780199675982.003.0005
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9780199675982
‘Random walks and Brownian motion’ looks at how fractals can be generated by random events. In mathematics, the ‘random walk’ is a graph where the direction of the next point in relation to ... More
2. Scientific inference

2. Scientific inference  

Samir Okasha

in Philosophy of Science: Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2016
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Jul 2016
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9780191807640
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10.1093/actrade/9780198745587.003.0002
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9780198745587
What exactly is the nature of scientific inference? How much confidence should we place in the inferences scientists make? ‘Scientific inference’ explains the distinction between deductive ... More

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