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  1. A. Koyre & J. North, Part B: A Brief History of Space.
    (I) Aristotle of Stagira (384-322 BC) 0) A closed geocentric spherical cosmology. (Adopted from the great mathematician, Eudoxus, c. 400 to 347 BC; via Calippus; but Aristotle unifies their separate schemes for different heavenly bodies). (Aristotle cites mathematicians as estimating radius of earth: in fact 200% of correct figure. Eratosthenes ca. 250 BC estimates radius of earth as 120% of correct).
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  2. J. North, T 3:30-5:20 Lc 206.
    There is no question that the theory of quantum mechanics is empirically successful. What the formalism of the theory says about the world, however, remains controversial. In this class, we will look at different theories of quantum mechanics. We will examine a range of philosophical issues that arise for the different theories, including the measurement problem, non-locality, the ontological status of the wavefunction and configuration space, the nature of probability, causation, and the compatibility of quantum mechanics with relativity.
     
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  3. Jill North, The Structure of Classical Mechanics.
    How do we learn about the nature of the world from the mathematical formulation of a physical theory? One rule we follow, familiar from spacetime theorizing: posit the least amount of spacetime structure required by the fundamental dynamical laws. I think that we should extend this rule beyond spacetime structure. We should extend the rule to statespace structure. Using this rule, I argue that a classical mechanical world has a surprisingly spare amount of structure.
     
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  4. Jill North (2013). Geometric Possibility. [REVIEW] Philosophical Review 122 (3):522-525.
  5. John A. North (2013). Disguising Change in the First Century. In Jörg Rüpke (ed.), The Individual in the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean. Oup Oxford. 58.
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  6. Jill North, The Structure of a Quantum World.
    I argue that the fundamental space of a quantum mechanical world is the wavefunction's space. I argue for this using some very general principles that guide our inferences to the fundamental nature of a world, for any fundamental physical theory. I suggest that ordinary three-dimensional space exists in such a world, but is non-fundamental; it emerges from the fundamental space of the wavefunction.
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  7. John Harry North (2012). Winckelmann's 'Philosophy of Art': A Prelude to German Classicism. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
     
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  8. Jill North (2011). Time in Thermodynamics. In Criag Callender (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Time. Oxford. 312--350.
    Or better: time asymmetry in thermodynamics. Better still: time asymmetry in thermodynamic phenomena. “Time in thermodynamics” misleadingly suggests that thermodynamics will tell us about the fundamental nature of time. But we don’t think that thermodynamics is a fundamental theory. It is a theory of macroscopic behavior, often called a “phenomenological science.” And to the extent that physics can tell us about the fundamental features of the world, including such things as the nature of time, we generally think that only fundamental (...)
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  9. Jill North (2010). An Empirical Approach to Symmetry and Probability. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 41 (1):27-40.
    We often use symmetries to infer outcomes’ probabilities, as when we infer that each side of a fair coin is equally likely to come up on a given toss. Why are these inferences successful? I argue against answering this with an a priori indifference principle. Reasons to reject that principle are familiar, yet instructive. They point to a new, empirical explanation for the success of our probabilistic predictions. This has implications for indifference reasoning in general. I argue that a priori (...)
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  10. Jill North (2009). The “Structure” of Physics. Journal of Philosophy 106 (2):57-88.
    We are used to talking about the “structure” posited by a given theory of physics. We say that relativity is a theory about spacetime structure. Special relativity posits one spacetime structure; different models of general relativity posit different spacetime structures. We also talk of the “existence” of these structures. Special relativity says the world’s spacetime structure is Minkowskian: it posits that this spacetime structure exists. Understanding structure in this sense seems important for understanding what physics is telling us about the (...)
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  11. Jill North (2008). Review of Max Jammer, Concepts of Simultaneity: From Antiquity to Einstein and Beyond. [REVIEW] American Scientist 96 (1).
    Max Jammer’s recent book, Concepts of Simultaneity: From Antiquity to Einstein and Beyond, traces the history of our ideas on simultaneity as they evolved alongside sweeping changes in our understanding of physics. One of the interesting lessons of the book is that, even as our physical theories have become increasingly successful, the question of the proper understanding or interpretation of those theories remains extremely puzzling. The central issue is this: Is the simultaneity of events a real feature of the world? (...)
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  12. Jill North (2008). Book Review. Concepts of Simultaneity: From Antiquity to Einstein and Beyond. Max Jammer. [REVIEW] American Scienctist 98 (1).
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  13. Jill North (2008). Two Views on Time Reversal. Philosophy of Science 75 (2):201-223.
    In a recent paper, Malament (2004) employs a time reversal transformation that differs from the standard one, without explicitly arguing for it. This is a new and important understanding of time reversal that deserves arguing for in its own right. I argue that it improves upon the standard one. Recent discussion has focused on whether velocities should undergo a time reversal operation. I address a prior question: What is the proper notion of time reversal? This is important, for it will (...)
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  14. John North (2008). Alfonso X el Sabio: Tablas de las constelaciones. Early Science and Medicine 13 (2):202-205.
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  15. Jill North (2007). Mathias Frisch:Inconsistency, Asymmetry, and Non‐Locality: A Philosophical Investigation of Classical Electrodynamics,:Inconsistency, Asymmetry, and Non‐Locality: A Philosophical Investigation of Classical Electrodynamics. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 74 (4):555-558.
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  16. Jill North (2007). Review of Mathias Frisch, Inconsistency, Asymmetry, and Non-Locality: A Philosophical Investigation of Classical Electrodynamics. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 74 (4):555-558.
    This book is a stimulating and engaging discussion of philosophical issues in the foundations of classical electromagnetism. In the rst half, Frisch argues against the standard conception of the theory as consistent and local. The second half is devoted to the puzzle of the arrow of radiation: the fact that waves behave asymmetrically in time, though the laws governing their evolution are temporally symmetric. The book is worthwhile for anyone interested in understanding the physical theory of electromagnetism, as well for (...)
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  17. John North (2007). Les mathématiques infinitésimales du IXe au XIe siècle; Astronomie, géométrie sphérique et trigonométrie. Early Science and Medicine 12 (4):437-439.
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  18. J. North (2006). Roshdi Rashed. Oeuvre mathematique d'al-Sijzi. Volume I: Geometrie des coniqties et theorie des nombres au xf siecle. Early Science and Medicine 11 (1):101.
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  19. J. D. North (2006). Ewa Śniezyńska-Stolot, Astrological Iconography in the Middle Ages: The Decanal Planets. Trans. Joanna Komorowska. Kraków: Jagiellonian University Press, 2003. Paper. Pp. 88 Plus 63 Black-and-White and Color Figures; 6 Tables. [REVIEW] Speculum 81 (1):276-277.
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  20. J. D. North (2006). Obituary. Annals of Science 39 (2):115-116.
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  21. John North (2005). Aristotle's Empiricism. Early Science and Medicine 10 (1):91-97.
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  22. John North (2004). Macrocosm, Microcosm, and Analogy. In Lodi Nauta & Detlev Pätzold (eds.), Imagination in the Later Middle Ages and Early Modern Times. Peeters.
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  23. Jill North (2003). Understanding the Time-Asymmetry of Radiation. Philosophy of Science 70 (5):1086-1097.
    I discuss the nature of the puzzle about the time‐asymmetry of radiation and argue that its most common formulation is flawed. As a result, many proposed solutions fail to solve the real problem. I discuss a recent proposal of Mathias Frisch as an example of the tendency to address the wrong problem. I go on to suggest that the asymmetry of radiation, like the asymmetry of thermodynamics, results from the initial state of the universe.
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  24. Jill North (2002). What is the Problem About the Time-Asymmetry of Thermodynamics?--A Reply to Price. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 53 (1):121-136.
    Huw Price argues that there are two conceptions of the puzzle of the time-asymmetry of thermodynamics. He thinks this puzzle has remained unsolved for so long partly due to a misunderstanding about which of these conceptions is the right one and what form a solution ought to take. I argue that it is Price's understanding of the problem which is mistaken. Further, it is on the basis of this and other misunderstandings that he disparages a type of account which does, (...)
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  25. J. A. North (2000). J. Nelson Kraybill: Imperial Cult and Commerce in John's Apocalypse . (Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Supplement 132.) Pp. 262, 10 Pls. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1996. £33/$49. ISBN: 1-85075-616-. [REVIEW] The Classical Review 50 (01):324-.
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  26. Christopher Ocker Courtenay, John D. North & Girard Etzkorn (1999). The Oxford “School of Heretics”: The Unexamined Case of Friar John. Vivarium 37:2.
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  27. J. North (1999). La Cosmographie du Ravennate. [REVIEW] Speculum 74 (2):408-409.
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  28. John David North, Lodi Nauta & Arie Johan Vanderjagt (eds.) (1999). Between Demonstration and Imagination: Essays in the History of Science and Philosophy Presented to John D. North. Brill.
    The essays in this volume reflect the wide-ranging interests of John D. North, distinguished historian of science and philosophy.
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  29. J. North (1998). La “Metaura” d'Aristotile: Volgarizzamento Fiorentino Anonimo Del XIV Secolo. [REVIEW] Speculum 73 (2):455-456.
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  30. J. North (1998). Skywatchers, Shamans, and Kings: Astronomy and the Archaeology of Power by E. C. Krupp. [REVIEW] Isis 89:329-331.
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  31. J. D. North (1998). Aristotle, La “Metaura” d'Aristotile: Volgarizzamento Fiorentino Anonimo Del XIV Secolo, Ed. Rita Librandi. 2 Vols.(Romanica Neapolitana, 29.) Naples: Liguori, 1995. Paper. 1: Pp. 330. 2: Pp. 276; 1 Diagram. L 75,000. [REVIEW] Speculum 73 (2):455-456.
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  32. J. North (1996). Pelerin de Prusse on the Astrolabe: Text and Translation of His Practique de Astralable by Pelerin de Prusse; Edgar Laird; Robert Fischer. [REVIEW] Isis 87:157-157.
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  33. J. North (1995). History, Prophecy, and the Stars: The Christian Astrology of Pierre d'Ailly, 1350-1420 by Laura Ackerman Smoller. [REVIEW] Isis 86:480-481.
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  34. J. North (1995). Medieval Lunar Astrology: A Collection of Representative Middle English Texts by Laurel Means. [REVIEW] Isis 86:631-632.
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  35. J. North (1995). Planets, Stars, and Orbs: The Medieval Cosmos, 1200-1687 by Edward Grant. [REVIEW] Isis 86:300-301.
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  36. J. D. North (1994). The Speculum Astronomiae and its Enigma. [REVIEW] British Journal for the History of Science 27 (2):224-225.
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  37. J. North (1993). Le “Quadripartitum Numerorum,”. [REVIEW] Speculum 68 (1):182-183.
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  38. J. D. North (1993). Jean De Murs, Le “Quadripartitum numerorum,” ed. Ghislaine l'Huillier.(Mémoires et Documents, 32.) Geneva: Droz, 1990. Paper. Pp. 661. [REVIEW] Speculum 68 (1):182-183.
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  39. J. North (1992). Astrolab Und Klosterreform an der Jahrtausendwende. [REVIEW] Speculum 67 (3):635-637.
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  40. J. North (1992). The Pulse of Time: Galileo Galilei, the Determination of Longitude, and the Pendulum Clock by Silvio A. Bedini. [REVIEW] Isis 83:491-492.
     
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  41. J. North (1991). Le Livre des XXIV Philosophes. [REVIEW] Speculum 66 (4):895-897.
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  42. J. North (1991). Prophecy and Power: Astrology in Early Modern England by Patrick Curry. [REVIEW] Isis 82:373-374.
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  43. J. North, Richard Lemay, Louis Kuslan & M. Lindee (1991). Letters to the Editor. Isis 82:695-697.
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  44. J. North (1989). Theology and the Scientific Imagination From the Middle Ages to the Seventeenth Century. [REVIEW] Speculum 64 (1):163-164.
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  45. J. D. North (1989). Amos Funkenstein, Theology and the Scientific Imagination From the Middle Ages to the Seventeenth Century. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986. Pp. Xii, 421; Black-and-White Frontispiece. $47.50. [REVIEW] Speculum 64 (1):163-164.
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  46. John North (1989). Innovationen Im Quadrivium des 10. Und 11. Jahrhunderts: Studien Zur Einführung von Astrolab Und Abakus Im Lateinischen Mittelalter by Werner Bergmann. [REVIEW] Isis 80:691-691.
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  47. Joanna North (1987). Wrongdoing and Forgiveness. Philosophy 62 (242):499 - 508.
    To forgive a person for a wrong he has done has often been valued as morally good and as indicative of a benevolent and merciful character. But while forgiveness has been recognized as valuable its nature as a moral response has largely been ignored by modern moral philosophers who work outside the confines of a religious context. 1 Where it has been discussed, forgiveness has been thought particularly difficult to define, and some have thought the forgiving response paradoxical or even (...)
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  48. J. North (1986). Star Quality. [REVIEW] Isis 77:133-136.
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  49. John David North, John J. Roche & A. C. Crombie (eds.) (1985). The Light of Nature: Essays in the History and Philosophy of Science Presented to A.C. Crombie. Distributors for the United States and Canada Kluwer Academic Publishers.
    INTRODUCTION This volume of essays is meant as a tribute to Alistair Crombie by some of those who have studied with him. The occasion of its publication is ...
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  50. J. North (1982). Seeing Archimedes Through. [REVIEW] Isis 73:271-274.
     
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