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(WITTGENSTEIN.) BOLTZMANN, Ludwig.

Populäre Schriften.

Leipzig, Johann Ambrosius Barth, 1905 Stock Code: 119498
£275.00

an important influence on Wittgenstein's thought

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First edition of a collection of Boltzmann's more popular lectures, one of two books by scientists read by the young Ludwig Wittgenstein who were to have an important influence on his thought.
"The works by scientists which he Wittgenstein read as a teenager - Heinrich Hertz's Principles of Mechanics, and Ludwig Boltzmann's Populäre Schriften - suggest an interest, not in mechanical engineering, nor even, especially, in theoretical physics, but rather in the philosophy of science. Both... espouse a fundamentally Kantian view of the nature and method of philosophy" (Monk, p. 26).
"Ludwig learnt much more from Hertz and Boltzmann than Mach: here he found the idea that science was a picture or model created by the mind, often with the utmost daring and freedom. He was to use Boltzmann's idea that different fundamental hypotheses - Ludwig called them networks - might equally fit the world, and he was to use the ideas of both scientists in developing his more general account of language as well as of science" (McGuinness, p. 39).

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Description

Octavo. Original decorated cloth, title to spine and front cover in gilt, marbled edges.

Condition

Ownership slip pasted to front free endpaper. German newspaper clipping laid in. Spine ends lightly rubbed, two pencil marks in the text; a very good copy.

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