The Laboratory of the Mind: Thought Experiments in the Natural Sciences

Routledge (1991)

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James Robert Brown
University of Toronto, St. George Campus
Abstract
Newton's bucket, Einstein's elevator, Schrödinger's cat – these are some of the best-known examples of thought experiments in the natural sciences. But what function do these experiments perform? Are they really experiments at all? Can they help us gain a greater understanding of the natural world? How is it possible that we can learn new things just by thinking? In this revised and updated new edition of his classic text _The Laboratory of the Mind_, James Robert Brown continues to defend apriorism in the physical world. This edition features two new chapters, one on “counter thought experiments” and another on the development of inertial motion. With plenty of illustrations and updated coverage of the debate between Platonic rationalism and classic empiricism, this is a lively and engaging contribution to the field of philosophy of science
Keywords Physics Philosophy  Thought experiments  Quantum theory  Science Methodology  Rationalism  Knowledge, Theory of
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Call number Q175.B7965 1991
ISBN(s) 9780203847794   9780415996525   9780415996532   9780203979150   9780415095792   0415996538   041599652X   0415095794
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