Hertz’s experimental studies are essentially studies of propagation. They were carried out in a rich theoretical context with a view to judging which of the competing theories was the correct one. The principal theoretical difficulty was to formulate the most appropriate problem amenable to experimental testing, given the sensitivity of the available instruments. I argue that Hertz abstracted from this experience the philosophical principles which he presented in the Introduction to his Principles of Mechanics.
|Title of host publication||Heinrich Hertz|
|Subtitle of host publication||Classical Physicist, Modern Philosopher|
|Editors||Davis Baird, R. I. G. Hughes, Alfred Nordmann|
|Place of Publication||Dordrecht|
|Number of pages||14|
|State||Published - 1998|