From: Rakesh Bhandari (bhandari@BERKELEY.EDU)
Date: Wed Nov 09 2005 - 14:56:52 EST
>Rakesh > >> I am not altogether clear about how Newtonian theory should >> be understood as causal. > >Neither am I, but I do think the giant leap forward was the >measurement of empirical variables in controlled situations and the >use of the calculus to model the underlying mechanisms of change. A >differential equation is a highly compressed statement about lawful >relations between surface phenomena. I take Boltzmann over this Machism. Ian, I thought you were a Leninist. rb >It is a causal statement par >excellence. >Both Hegel and Marx studied the calculus. Yours, R >Best wishes, > >-Ian.
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