Journals Higher Education

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07 July 1983

232 Pages | figures

ISBN: 9780198247043


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How the Laws of Physics Lie

Nancy Cartwright

In this sequence of philosophical essays about natural science, the author argues that fundamental explanatory laws, the deepest and most admired successes of modern physics, do not in fact describe regularities that exist in nature. Cartwright draws from many real-life examples to propound a novel distinction: that theoretical entities, and the complex and localized laws that describe them, can be interpreted realistically, but the simple unifying laws of basic theory cannot.

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