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Forces and Fields: The Concept of Action at a Distance in the History of Physics
This history of physics focuses on the question, "How do bodies act on one another across space?" The variety of answers illustrates the function of fundamental analogies or models in physics, as well as the role of so-called unobservable entities. Forces and Fields presents an in-depth look at the science of ancient Greece, and it examines the influence of antique ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 17th 2005 by Dover Publications
(first published 1961)
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As best as I can understand this largely inpenetrable book, Hesse explains the basis for action (movement) between objects in the non-organic world. Most interactions between objects are understood mechanically, between one object contacting another in a cause-effect relationship. Gravity challenges this mechanical explanation as there is evident movement between two objects without contact. Beginning with Faraday, the development of field theory provides an explanation for this "action at a ...more