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22 January 2019
Philosophy of mathematics; Philosophy of science; Mensuration & systems of measurement; History of science
Systems of units still fail to attract the philosophical attention they deserve, but this could change with the current reform of the International System of Units (SI). Most of the SI base units will henceforth be based on certain laws of nature and a choice of fundamental constants whose values will be frozen. The theoretical, experimental and institutional work required to implement the reform highlights the entanglement of scientific, technological and social features in scientific enterprise, while it also invites a philosophical inquiry that promises to overcome the tensions that have long obstructed science studies.
Edited by:   Nadine de Courtenay (University of Paris 7 Diderot France), Olivier Darrigol (Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique, France), Oliver Schlaudt (Heidelberg University, Germany)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 159mm, 
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9781138483859
ISBN 10:   1138483850
Series:   History and Philosophy of Technoscience
Pages:   212
Publication Date:   22 January 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
1. Introduction; 2. The origins of the Metre Convention, the SI and the development of modern metrology; 3. Justifying and motivating an SI for all people for all time; 4. Reforming the International System of Units: On our way to redefine the base units solely from fundamental constants and beyond; 5. Strategies for the definition of a system of units; 6. Relations between units and relations between quantities; 7. On the Conceptual Nature of the Physical Constants; 8. And how experiments Begin: The International Prototype Kilogram and the Planck Constant; 9. The SI and the Problem of Spatiotemporal Constancy

Nadine de Courtenay is Associate Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the Paris Diderot University & Laboratoire SPHERE, France. Olivier Darrigol is Research Director at CNRS & Laboratoire SPHERE, France. Oliver Schlaudt is Associate Professor of Philosophy of Science at Heidelberg University, Germany.

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