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The Demons of Science

The Demons of Science

What They Can and Cannot Tell Us About Our World

by Friedel Weinert
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Publication Date: 27/05/2016
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This book is the first all-encompassing exploration of the role of demons in
philosophical and scientific thought experiments. In Part I, the author explains the importance of thought experiments in science and
philosophy. Part II considers Laplace's Demon, whose claim is that the world is
completely deterministic. Part III introduces Maxwell's Demon, who - by contrast - experiences a world that is probabilistic and indeterministic. Part IV explores Nietzsche's thesis of the cyclic and eternal recurrence of events. In each case
a number of philosophical consequences regarding determinism and indeterminism, the arrows of time, the nature of the mind and
free will are said to follow from the Demons's worldviews. The book investigates what these Demons - and others - can and cannot tell us about our world.
ISBN:
9783319317076
9783319317076
Category:
History of science
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
27-05-2016
Publisher:
Springer International Publishing AG
Country of origin:
Switzerland
Pages:
251
Dimensions (mm):
235x155x16mm
Weight:
5.21kg

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