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Experience and representation in modern physics : the reshaping of space

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Blum,  Alexander S.
Department Structural Changes in Systems of Knowledge, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Max Planck Society;

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Renn,  Jürgen
Department Structural Changes in Systems of Knowledge, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Max Planck Society;

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Schemmel,  Matthias
Department Structural Changes in Systems of Knowledge, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Max Planck Society;

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Blum, A. S., Renn, J., & Schemmel, M. (2016). Experience and representation in modern physics: the reshaping of space. Berlin: Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002A-C490-D
Abstract
The paper discusses the interplay of experience and representation in disciplinarily structured science using the example of the fundamental changes in the concepts of space and time brought about by the advanced formalism of twentieth-century physics, which enabled the integration of a growing corpus of experiential knowledge. In particular the question of why certain parts of experiential knowledge had an impact on concepts of space and time, while other parts did not have such an impact, is addressed.