The foundations of science : science and hypothesis, the value of science, science and method / Henri Poincaré ; translated by George Bruce Halsted.
Contributor(s): Halsted, George Bruce [translator.].Material type: TextSeries: Cambridge library collection: Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2015Description: 1 online resource (xi, 553 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781107252950 (ebook).Uniform titles: Works. Selections. English Subject(s): Science -- PhilosophyAdditional physical formats: Print version: : No titleDDC classification: 501 LOC classification: Q175 | .P692513 2015Online resources: Click here to access online
Originally published: New York : The Science Press, 1913.
Science and hypothesis -- The value of science -- Science and method.
A member of the Académie française, Henri Poincaré (1854-1912) was one of the greatest mathematicians and theoretical physicists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His discovery of chaotic motion laid the foundations of modern chaos theory, and he was acknowledged by Einstein as a key contributor in the field of special relativity. He earned his enduring reputation as a philosopher of mathematics and science with this elegantly written work, which was first published in French as three separate essays: Science and Hypothesis (1902), The Value of Science (1905), and Science and Method (1908). Poincaré asserts that much scientific work is a matter of convention, and that intuition and prediction play key roles. George Halsted's authorised 1913 English translation retains Poincaré's lucid prose style, presenting complex ideas for both professional scientists and those readers interested in the history of mathematics and the philosophy of science.