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Representation and Invariance of Scientific Structures (CSLI Lecture Notes)
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A fundamental reason for using formal methods in the philosophy of science is the desirability of having a fixed frame of reference that may be used to organize the variety of doctrines at hand. This book—Patrick Suppes's major work, and the result of several decades of research—examines how set-theoretical methods provide such a framework, covering issues of axiomatic method, representation, invariance, probability, mechanics, and language, including research on brain-wave representations of words and sentences. This is a groundbreaking, essential text from a distinguished philosopher.
This volume examines how set-theoretical methods can provide a framework that can be used to organize a variety of scientific doctrines. It covers issues of axiomatic method, invariance, probability, mechanics, and language, including research on brain-wave representations of words and sentences.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 475-502) and indexes.
About the Author
Patrick Suppes is the Lucie Stern Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus at Stanford University.
Table of Contents
2. Axiomatic Definition of Theories
3. Theory of Isomorphic Representation
5. Representations of Probability
6. Representations of Space and Time
7. Representations in Mechanics
8. Representations of Language
Summary Table of Representation and Invariance Theorems by Chapter
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