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(2002) Symbol and physical knowledge, Dordrecht, Springer.

Idealizations in physics

Andreas Hüttemann

pp. 177-192

Heinrich Hertz was the first to introduce the concept of a symbol to characterize physical knowledge. He invoked this concept to highlight the fact that physical theories are not mere copies of nature. They contain a considerable constructive element. As it will turn out the use of idealizations sustains Hertz's claim.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-04855-9_8

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Hüttemann, A. (2002)., Idealizations in physics, in M. Ferrari & I. Stamatescu (eds.), Symbol and physical knowledge, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 177-192.

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