Exploratory Experiments (Hardcover)
Ampère, Faraday, and the Origins of Electrodynamics
University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822944508, 544pp.
Publication Date: May 18, 2016
Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover, German (12/1/2005)
In this foundational study, Friedrich Steinle compares the influential work of Ampère and Faraday to reveal the prominent role of exploratory experimentation in the development of science. While this exploratory phase was responsible for decisive conceptual innovations, it has yet to be examined in such great detail. Focusing on Ampère’s and Faraday’s research practices, reconstructed from previously unknown archival materials, including laboratory notes, diaries, letters, and interactions with instrument makers, this book considers both the historic and epistemological basis of exploratory experimentation and its importance to scientific development.
Winner of the 2017 Ungar German Translations Award from the American Translators Association
About the Author
Alex Levine is professor of philosophy at the University of South Florida and editor of the journal Perspectives on Science. He is coauthor of From Man to Ape and Darwinistas He has published translations from German, French, and Spanish, including Paul Hoyningen-Huene’s Reconstructing Scientific Revolutions and Formal Logic: A Philosophical Approach.
Praise For Exploratory Experiments: Ampère, Faraday, and the Origins of Electrodynamics…
—Jutta Schickore, Indiana University
—Richard Burian, Virginia Tech
“Steinle is successful in presenting a fascinating picture of Ampère’s style in experimental praxis and in contextualizing his research program within the highly mathematized tradition of Laplacian physics.”
“Steinle’s study can be recommended as a remarkable example of how to combine explicitly historical case studies with epistemological concepts in a manner that both parts benefit from the other. Moreover, the book is written very clearly and intelligibly. Therefore, readers who have no expertise in the history of electrodynamics will benefit from this study.”
“This is a major contribution to scholarship on Ampère and Faraday. Steinle’s account of the interaction between exploratory experimentation and concept formation in Ampère’s and Faraday’s electrodynamic and electromagnetic work evinces a deep understanding of their concerns.”
—History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences