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The Physics of Miniature Worlds

Sterrett, Susan G (2020) The Physics of Miniature Worlds. WITTGENSTEINIAN (adj.): Looking at the world from the viewpoint of Wittgenstein's philosophy. pp. 289-339.

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Abstract

This excerpt from a book length work on the history of the methodology of experimental physical models (physically similar systems) interwoven in Ludwig Wittgenstein's life begins in 1913-1914. It also discusses works by physicists around the same time that were thematically related to the philosophical topics he was working on: Ludwig Boltzmann, Wilhelm Ostwald, Edgar Buckingham, James Thomson, D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, Henry Crew (and his new translation of Galileo's Two New Sciences during this period), Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Van Der Waals, and Rayleigh (following up on the work of Gabriel Stokes), and Richard C Tolman. The landmark work at Britain's National Physical Laboratory in 1914 on Similar Motions by Stanton and Pannell, following up on Osborne Reynolds' work in Manchester, is also described and discussed.

Connections between physics and the history of flight are mentioned, too: Penuad's successes, Boltzmann's relationship with engineer Otto Lilienthal, and the significance that Hermann von Helmholtz's landmark paper in meteorology which addressed the problem of steering aircraft, took on during this period.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Sterrett, Susan Gsusangsterrett@gmail.com
Keywords: Similarity, Models, Correspondence, Language, Boltzmann, Wittgenstein
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics
General Issues > Technology
Depositing User: Dr Susan G. Sterrett
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2020 21:33
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2020 21:33
Item ID: 17411
Journal or Publication Title: WITTGENSTEINIAN (adj.): Looking at the world from the viewpoint of Wittgenstein's philosophy
Publisher: Springer (The Frontiers Collection Series)
Official URL: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-2...
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics
General Issues > Technology
Date: 2020
Page Range: pp. 289-339
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17411

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