By Edmund T. Whittaker
In 1910 I released a piece lower than the name A heritage of the Theories of Aether and electrical energy, from the age of Descartes to the shut of the 19th century. whilst the unique variation was once exhausted, I felt that any new factor may still describe the origins of relativity and quantum-theory, and their improvement considering the fact that 1900. My possibilities have been notwithstanding no longer enough to permit me to organize a correct and fully-documented account of this very artistic interval, and that i used to be forced to put the plan apart. Retirement from my professorial chair has made it attainable for me to absorb this undertaking back ; it's going to occupy volumes, of which this, the 1st, offers with the classical theories. the quantity of 1910 has been to a substantial volume rewritten, with the incorporation of a lot extra fabric ; and within the moment quantity, the tale could be persevered to the current time.
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By the late 1950s, we see below, leading philosophers of science typically distanced philosophy of science proper from normative concerns of ethics and politics using arguments and suppositions that would not have gone unchallenged by Neurath, Frank, Morris, Dewey, and others in the 1930s. 19 FBI files on these investigations were requested via the Freedom of Information Act. 22 How the Cold War Transformed Philosophy of Science In the 1960s and after, however, these philosophers were either dead or lacked influence or students willing to carry their torches into the profession’s future.
12 This helps to explain Neurath’s decision 10 11 12 Neurath 1945a; Neurath and Lauwerys 1944; 1945. See Reisch 2003b. Neurath’s thoughts on metaphysics and persecution are discussed in chapter 10. Neurath to Morris, July 17, 1942, ASP RC 102-56-04. 38 How the Cold War Transformed Philosophy of Science to remain in England and also his decision (strongly resented by Morris and Carnap) to publish the Journal of Unified Science with Basil-Blackwell, not the University of Chicago Press, as Morris and Carnap desired.
Philipp Frank, however, led the effort to establish the Institute and became its president. Introduction 19 through American political, popular, and intellectual landscapes. The climate was so inhospitable and professionally perilous that leaders of the movement, with the exception of Frank, as we see below, effectively chose not to invest their energy and careers in the task of revitalizing the Unity of Science movement. In hindsight, seeds of this change could be detected in the early 1930s as some of the American intellectuals who exalted Marxism and traveled to the Soviet Union to see at first hand the fruits of the revolution began to qualify their beliefs and hopes.
A history of theories of ether and electricity. The classical theories by Edmund T. Whittaker