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Lucretius or the philosophy of chemistry

Mackay, Alan L. (1997) Lucretius or the philosophy of chemistry. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 129-30 , pp. 305-310. ISSN 0927-7757.


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A world view deriving from the objective knowledge acquired by the physical sciences is contrasted with the fashionable subjective philosophical view that all systems of thought are equally valid ways of structuring the universe. As Lucretius guessed, atoms are real and are not simply arbitrary constructs to explain the observations. Mathematics and computing have an important role in permitting long and sophisticated arguments to be carried through.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): chemistry, atom, philosophy
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Sandra Plummer
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2005
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:32

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