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By Edmund T. Whittaker

In 1910 I released a piece less than the name A background of the Theories of Aether and electrical energy, from the age of Descartes to the shut of the 19th century. while the unique version was once exhausted, I felt that any new factor should still describe the origins of relativity and quantum-theory, and their improvement on the grounds that 1900. My possibilities have been even if no longer enough to permit me to arrange a correct and fully-documented account of this very inventive interval, and that i was once forced to put the plan apart. Retirement from my professorial chair has made it attainable for me to absorb this undertaking back ; it is going to occupy volumes, of which this, the 1st, bargains with the classical theories. the quantity of 1910 has been to a substantial volume rewritten, with the incorporation of a lot extra fabric ; and within the moment quantity, the tale could be persevered to the current time.

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Winning a debate could mean scientific credit and financial gains. Consequently, Commercial Visions argues, the modern, scientific, empirical culture of facts was riddled with contradictions from the beginning. While visual facts were available in large numbers, there were no commonly accepted protocols for the evaluation of their validity. The naturalists involved in the commerce of curiosities were not interested in a disinterested cooperation with each other to determine what counted as truthful knowledge.

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