Models in Physics*

  title={Models in Physics*},
  author={Michael L. G. Redhead},
  journal={The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science},
  pages={145 - 163}
  • M. Redhead
  • Published 1 June 1980
  • Philosophy
  • The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
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