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Concepts of Force a Study in the Foundations of Dynamics

by Max Jammer

  • ISBN: 9780486406893
  • ISBN10: 048640689X

Concepts of Force a Study in the Foundations of Dynamics

by Max Jammer

  • List Price: $12.95
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Dover Pubns
  • Publish date: 05/01/1999
  • ISBN: 9780486406893
  • ISBN10: 048640689X
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Description: Both a historical treatment and a critical analysis, this work by a noted physicist takes a fascinating look at one of the fundamental and primordial notions in physical theory, the concept of force. Tracing its development from ancient times to the 20th century, the author demonstrates how Kepler initiated the scientific conceptualization of the idea of force, how Newton attempted a clear and profound definition, and how post-Newtonian physics reinterpreted the notion -- contrasting the concepts of Leibniz, Boscovich, and Kant with those of Mach, Kirchhoff, and Hertz. In conclusion, the modern trend toward eliminating the concept of force from the conceptual scheme of physical science receives an in-depth analysis. Historians of science, physicists, and philosophically minded readers will welcome this volume, saluted by Science "an excellent presentation."
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