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Author Hessen, Boris,
Title Works. Selections. English
Boris Hessen : physics and philosophy in the Soviet Union, 1927-1931 : neglected debates on emergence and reduction / Chris Talbot, Olga Pattison, editors ; edited and translated by Chris Talbot and Olga Pattison.
Imprint Cham : Springer, [2021]

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Author Hessen, Boris,
Series History of physics
History of physics (Springer (Firm)).
Subject Physics -- Philosophy.
Alt Name Talbot, Chris,
Pattison, Olga,
Description 1 online resource : illustrations (some color).
Note Translated from Russian.
Summary This book presents key works of Boris Hessen, outstanding Soviet philosopher of science, available here in English for the first time. Quality translations are accompanied by an editors' introduction and annotations. Boris Hessen is known in history of science circles for his "Social and Economic Roots of Newtons Principia" presented in London (1931), which inspired new approaches in the West. As a philosopher and a physicist, he was tasked with developing a Marxist approach to science in the 1920s. He studied the history of physics to clarify issues such as reductionism and causality as they applied to new developments. With the philosophers called the "Dialecticians", his debates with the opposing "Mechanists" on the issue of emergence are still worth studying and largely ignored in the many recent works on this subject. Taken as a whole, the book is a goldmine of insights into both the foundations of physics and Soviet history.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. The Fifth Congress of Russian Physicists -- 3. On Comrade Timiryazevs Attitude to Modern Science -- 4. On the Bicentenary of Isaac Newtons Death. Foreword to the Articles by A. Einstein and J.J. Thomson -- 5. Marian Smoluchowski (On the tenth anniversary of his death) -- 6. Mechanical Materialism and Modern Physics (Section 1) -- 7. Mechanical Materialism and Modern Physics (Section 2).
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed June 9, 2021).
ISBN 9783030700454 (electronic bk.)
3030700453 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-3-030-70045-4
OCLC # 1252704204
Additional Format Original 3030700445 9783030700447 (OCoLC)1232272655

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