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Doing Physics, Second Edition
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Doing Physics makes concepts of physics easier to grasp by relating them to everyday knowledge. Addressing some of the models and metaphors that physicists use to explain the physical world, Martin H. Krieger describes the conceptual world of physics by means of analogies to economics, anthropology, theater, carpentry, mechanisms such as clockworks, and machine tool design. The interaction of elementary particles or chemical species, for example, can be related to the theory of kinship—who can marry whom is like what can interact with what. Likewise, the description of physical situations in terms of interdependent particles and fields is analogous to the design of a factory with its division of labor among specialists. For the new edition, Krieger has revised the text and added a chapter on the role of mathematics and formal models in physics. Doing Physics will be of special interest to economists, political theorists, anthropologists, and sociologists as well as philosophers of science.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. PREFACE
  2. pp. ix-xxviii
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  1. 1. THE DIVISION OF LABOR: THE FACTORY
  2. pp. 1-35
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  1. 2. TAKING APART AND PUTTING TOGETHER: THE CLOCKWORKS, THE CALCULUS, AND THE COMPUTER
  2. pp. 36-69
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  1. 3. FREEDOM AND NECESSITY: FAMILY AND KINSHIP
  2. pp. 70-90
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  1. 4. THE VACUUM AND THE CREATION: SETTING A STAGE
  2. pp. 91-122
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  1. 5. HANDLES, PROBES, AND TOOLS: A RHETORIC OF NATURE
  2. pp. 123-149
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  1. 6. PRODUCTION MACHINERY: MATHEMATICS FOR ANALYSIS AND DESCRIPTION
  2. pp. 150-165
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  1. 7. AN EPITOME
  2. pp. 166-168
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 169-206
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 207-218
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 219-219
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