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Newton's Idea and Practice of Unification

Ducheyne, Steffen (2004) Newton's Idea and Practice of Unification. [Preprint]

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In this paper I try to capture Newton's notion and practice of unification (I will mainly focus on the Principia). I will use contemporary theories on unification in philosophy of science as analytic tools (Kitcher, Schurz and Salmon). I will argue that Salmon's later work on the topic provides a good starting point to characterize Newton's notion and practice. However, in order to fully grasp Newton's idea and practice of unification, Salmon's model needs to be fleshed out and extended.


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Ducheyne, Steffen
Keywords: Newton, Unification, case-study, Principia, HPS, Kitcher, Schurz, Salmon
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Depositing User: Steffen Ducheyne
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2004
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:12
Item ID: 1784
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1784

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