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A Sense of Crisis: Physics in the fin-de-siecle Era

  title={A Sense of Crisis: Physics in the fin-de-siecle Era},
  author={Helge Kragh},
  journal={arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics},
  • H. Kragh
  • Published 9 July 2012
  • Physics
  • arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics
Whereas physics in the period from about 1880 to 1910 experienced a steady growth, it was also a revolutionary period in which the foundations of the physical world picture were criticized and reconsidered. Generally speaking, from about 1890 mechanics and materialism came under increasing attack and sought replaced by new formulations based on either energy, the ether, or the electromagnetic field. Fin-de-siecle physics was in many ways a chapter of turmoil in the history of science. I review… Expand
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