Infrared metaphysics: the elusive ontology of radiation. Part 1

  title={Infrared metaphysics: the elusive ontology of radiation. Part 1},
  author={Hasok Chang and Sabina Leonelli},
  journal={Studies in History and Philosophy of Science},
Abstract Hardly any ontological result of modern science is more firmly established than the fact that infrared radiation differs from light only in wavelength; this is part of the modern conception of the continuous spectrum of electromagnetic radiation reaching from radio waves to gamma radiation. Yet, like many such evident truths, the light-infrared unity was an extremely difficult thing to establish. We examine the competing arguments in favour of the unified and pluralistic theories of… Expand
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