Science and Hypothesis

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Science and Hypothesis  (1905) 
by Henri Poincaré, translated by William John Greenstreet
Link to scans, Translation (1905) of Poincaré's book La Science et l’hypothèse (1902).


SCIENCE AND HYPOTHESIS



BY

H. POINCARÉ,

MEMBER OF THE INSTITUTE OF FRANCE.



With a Preface by

J. LARMOR, D.Sc., Sec. R.S.,

Lucasian Professor of Mathematics in the University of Cambridge,




London and Newcastle-on-Tyne:

THE WALTER SCOTT PUBLISHING CO., LTD.

NEW YORK: 3 EAST 14TH STREET.

1905.


CONTENTS.




PAGE
TRANSLATOR'S NOTE
ix
INTRODUCTION
xi
AUTHOR'S PREFACE

xxi
PART I.
NUMBER AND MAGNITUDE.

CHAPTER I.
ON THE NATURE OF MATHEMATICAL REASONING
I
CHAPTER II.
MATHEMATICAL MAGNITUDE AND EXPERIMENT

17
PART II.
SPACE.

CHAPTER III.
NON-EUCLIDEAN GEOMETRIES 35

CHAPTER IV.
PAGE
SPACE AND GEOMETRY
51
CHAPTER V.
EXPERIMENT AND GEOMETRY

72
PART III.
FORCE.

CHAPTER VI.
THE CLASSICAL MECHANICS
89
CHAPTER VII.
RELATIVE AND ABSOLUTE MOTION
111
CHAPTER VIII.
ENERGY AND THERMO-DYNAMICS

123
PART IV.
NATURE.

CHAPTER IX.
HYPOTHESES IN PHYSICS
140

CHAPTER X.
PAGE
THE THEORIES OF MODERN PHYSICS
160
CHAPTER XI.
THE CALCULUS OF PROBABILITIES
183
CHAPTER XII.
OPTICS AND ELECTRICITY
211
CHAPTER XIII.
ELECTRO-DYNAMICS
225