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  • Smoke and Mirrorsby James Robert Brown

    Taylor and Francis 2002; US$ 43.95

    Realism is an enlightening story, a tale which enriches our experience and makes it more intelligible. Yet this wonderful picture of humanity's best efforts at knowledge has been badly bruised by numerous critics. James Robert Brown in Smoke and Mirrors fights back against figures such as Richard Rorty, Bruno Latour, Michael Ruse and Hilary Putnam... more...

  • The Laboratory of the Mindby James Robert Brown

    Taylor and Francis 2005; US$ 49.95

    Thought experiments are performed in the laboratory of the mind. Beyond this metaphor it is difficult to say just what these remarkable devices for investigating nature are or how they work. Though most scientists and philosophers would admit their great importance, there has been very little serious study of them. This volume is the first book-length... more...

  • Philosophy of Mathematicsby James Robert Brown

    Taylor and Francis 2005; US$ 36.95

    Philosophy of Mathematics is an excellent introductory text. This student friendly book discusses the great philosophers and the importance of mathematics to their thought. It includes the following topics: * the mathematical image * platonism * picture-proofs * applied mathematics * Hilbert and Godel * knots and nations * definitions * picture-proofs... more...

  • Philosophy of Mathematicsby James Robert Brown

    Taylor and Francis 2010; US$ 40.95

    In his long-awaited new edition of Philosophy of Mathematics , James Robert Brown tackles important new as well as enduring questions in the mathematical sciences. Can pictures go beyond being merely suggestive and actually prove anything? Are mathematical results certain? Are experiments of any real value?   This clear and engaging book takes... more...

  • The Laboratory of the Mindby James Robert Brown

    Taylor and Francis 2011; US$ 38.95

    Newton's bucket, Einstein's elevator, Schrödinger's cat – these are some of the best-known examples of thought experiments in the natural sciences. But what function do these experiments perform? Are they really experiments at all? Can they help us gain a greater understanding of the natural world?  How is it possible that we can learn new things... more...

  • Platonism, Naturalism, and Mathematical Knowledgeby James Robert Brown

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 54.95

    This study addresses a central theme in current philosophy: Platonism vs Naturalism and provides accounts of both approaches to mathematics, crucially discussing Quine, Maddy, Kitcher, Lakoff, Colyvan, and many others. Beginning with accounts of both approaches, Brown defends Platonism by arguing that only a Platonistic approach can account for concept... more...

  • The Rational and the Social (RLE Social Theory)by James Robert Brown

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 47.95

    To paraphrase Marx, sociologists have only interpreted science; the point is to improve it. The Rational and the Social attempts both. It begins by sketching recent sociological approaches to science, notably the strong programme – Bloor’s ‘science of science’ and Barnes’s ‘finitism’ – and that of the ‘anthropologists in the lab’, Collins and Latour... more...

  • On Foundations of Seismologyby James Robert Brown; Michael A Slawinski

    World Scientific Publishing Company 2017; US$ 63.70

    -->. This remarkable collaboration between a mathematical physicist and a science philosopher concerns foundational and conceptual issues in seismology. Their aim is to present mathematical, physical and philosophical topics in a clear and concise manner. They provide an extensive philosophical discussion of the methods of science and show how seismology... more...

  • Thought Experiments in Science, Philosophy, and the Artsby Melanie Frappier; Letitia Meynell; James Robert Brown

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 48.95

    From Lucretius throwing a spear beyond the boundary of the universe to Einstein racing against a beam of light, thought experiments stand as a fascinating challenge to the necessity of data in the empirical sciences. Are these experiments, conducted uniquely in our imagination, simply rhetorical devices or communication tools or are they an essential... more...

  • The Routledge Companion to Thought Experimentsby Michael T Stuart; Yiftach Fehige; James Robert Brown

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 54.95

    Thought experiments are a means of imaginative reasoning that lie at the heart of philosophy, from the pre-Socratics to the modern era, and they also play central roles in a range of fields, from physics to politics. The Routledge Companion to Thought Experiments is an invaluable guide and reference source to this multifaceted subject. Comprising... more...