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Unification and the quantum hypothesis in 1900--1913

Kao, Molly (2013) Unification and the quantum hypothesis in 1900--1913. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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In this paper, I consider some of the first appearances of a hypothesis of quantized energy between the years 1900 and 1913 and provide an analysis of the nature of the unificatory power of this hypothesis in a Bayesian framework. I argue that the best way to understand the unification here is in terms of informational relevance: on the assumption of the quantum hypothesis, phenomena that were previously thought to be unrelated turned out to yield information about one another based on agreeing measurements of the numerical value of Planck’s constant.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Kao, Mollymolly.kao@gmail.com
Keywords: confirmation, quantum hypothesis, unification, informational relevance, Bayesian analysis
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Depositing User: Dr. Molly Kao
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2014 13:46
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2014 13:46
Item ID: 11061
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Date: 3 March 2013
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11061

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