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'For anyone who really wants to understand physics, this is a splendid and beautifully written book ... this book is an excellent introduction to a historically based philosophy of science, with accurate reporting of many examples from physics, and much attention to primary sources. I would recommend it strongly as an adjunct to standard textbooks of physics for students who seek a real understanding of their subject.' Michael Redhead, Physics World
'... I think that Cushing has done an excellent job. If I again teach a course similar to his I will certainly consider using his book as a text ...'. Anthony Leggett, The Times Higher Education Supplement
'As a chronological text in the history and philosophy of science for undergraduate students of the physical sciences, this book is unexcelled.' J. Leplin, Endeavour
'Altogether, the book provides a good overview of the basis underlying 3000 years of physical knowledge ...'. H Rechenberg, Institute of Physics Publishing
Scientific knowledge, because of its putative certainty and objective method of discovery, is often seen as essentially different from other types of knowledge. As popularly understood, physics and philosophy might seem to be far removed from one another. However, this book demonstrates the essential and ineliminable role that philosophical considerations play in the construction of scientific knowledge. The discussion of central philosophical issues is anchored in the specific historical context and in the actual content of the relevant scientific advances.