## Lützen, Jesper

# Mechanistic Images in Geometric Form : Heinrich Hertz's 'Principles of Mechanics'

of the world rather than the true design behind the phenomena. This paved the way for the modern conception of a model. Rejecting the concept of force as a coherent basic notion of physics he built his mechanics on hidden masses (the ether) and rigid connections, and formulated it as a new differential

geometric language.

Recently many philosophers have studied Hertz's image theory and historians of physics have discussed his forceless mechanics. The present book shows how these aspects, as well as the hitherto overlooked mathematical aspects, form an integrated whole which is closely connected to the mechanistic world view of the time and which is a natural continuation of Hertz's earlier research on electromagnetism. Therefore it is also a case study of the strong interactions between philosophy, physics and

mathematics. Moreover, the book presents an analysis of the genesis of many of the central elements of Hertz's mechanics based on his manuscripts and drafts. Hertz's research program was cut short by the advent of relativity theory but its image theory influenced many philosophers as well as some

physicists and mathematicians and its geometric form had a lasting influence on advanced expositions of mechanics. - ;...the book is very well-written and well-presented...the book is the best thing ever written on Hertz's mechanics and, as such, is strongly recommended to all philosophers and historians of science. J. Preston, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 38 (2007) 260-267. - ;... very clearly written and well organised. - Jeremy Gray, Open University;... interesting, thorough, well-documented and well-presented. - Leo Corry, Tel Aviv University

**Avainsanat:** SCIENCE / General SCI000000

- Tekijä(t)
- Lützen, Jesper
- Julkaisija
- Oxford University Press
- Julkaisuvuosi
- 2005
- Kieli
- en
- Painos
- 1
- Kategoriat
- Eksaktit luonnontieteet
- Tekniikka, energia, liikenne
- Tiedostomuoto
- E-kirja
- eISBN (PDF)
- 9780191524349