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A Case of Irrationality?

Barberousse, Anouk (2007) A Case of Irrationality? In: [2007] &HPS1: Integrated History and Philosophy of Science 1.

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    Were Maxwell and Boltzmann irrational to develop statistical mechanics whereas it was empirically refuted by the specific heats problem? My analysis of this historical episode departs from the current proposals about belief change. I first give a detailed description of Maxwell's and Boltzmann's epistemic states in the years they were working on statistical mechanics and then make some methodological proposals in epistemology that would account for the complexity of this case.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: formal epistemology applied to history of science, belief change, theory change, description of epistemic states
    Subjects: General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
    Conferences and Volumes: [2007] &HPS1: Integrated History and Philosophy of Science 1
    Depositing User: Anouk Barberousse
    Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:15
    Item ID: 3587

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