Oxford University Press (1983)

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Nancy Cartwright
London School of Economics
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In this sequence of philosophical essays about natural science, the author argues that fundamental explanatory laws, the deepest and most admired successes of modern physics, do not in fact describe regularities that exist in nature. Cartwright draws from many real-life examples to propound a novel distinction: that theoretical entities, and the complex and localized laws that describe them, can be interpreted realistically, but the simple unifying laws of basic theory cannot.
Keywords Physics Philosophy
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Reprint years 1984
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Call number QC6.C3586 1983
ISBN(s) 0198247044   9780198247043
DOI 10.2307/2219075
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