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CLAROSCUROS CIENTÍFICOS

Paul Ehrenfest y los temas cruciales en el surgimiento de la física moderna

Nuevo Astrolabio

SCIENCE

278 Pages, 5.75 x 8.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $21.00 (US $21.00) (CA $28.00)

Publication Date: June 2019

ISBN 9788492751334

Rights: US & CA

Plaza y Valdes (Jun 2019)

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Overview

The first decades of the 20th century were the setting for revolutionary changing in physics. The pillars upon which this discipline was established, from which so much success had come, identifiable as the mechanical, electromagnetic, and thermodynamic paradigms, came to a crossroads in the presence of new phenomena that could not be explained within those conceptual frameworks. This text contributes elements of comprehension of those moments of crisis for the underlying physics from two perspectives: the life and work of Paul Ehrenfest and a multidimensional analysis on the characterization of this discipline. Drawing closer to a multifaceted character like Paul Ehrenfest who does not appear to be brilliant in other histories of physics, offers an interesting approximation of the theme in question. Paul Ehrenfest was a scientist located at the center of powerful tensions that gave rise to the emergence of modern physics, for what is probably the greatest personification of the drama that took place in that discipline at the start of the 20th century. With him, we run into a singular character, a great teacher, a critic of his discipline and above all himself, and whose life was inextricably linked to the crucial themes of physics at the beginning of the 20th century. The story that we encounter in this book emphasizes by characterizing physics beyond its empirical and formal logic dimensions, recognizing its imaginative and creative elements and its multiple interactions with the philosophical, social, and cultural environment that converted in true intellectual adventure, but also in true civilizing force. The work that the reader has in his or her hands contributes to the construction of bridges between the sciences and the humanities, passing through borders and divisions that make a rich fountain of connections between different forms of thought, of comprehension, and of the search for meaning.Las primeras décadas del siglo XX fueron el escenario de cambios revolucionarios en la física. Los pilares sobre los cuales se asentaba dicha disciplina, que con tanto éxito se había venido construyendo en el siglo XIX, identificables como los paradigmas mecánico, electromagnético y termodinámico, se vieron en una encrucijada ante la presencia de nuevos fenómenos que no podían ser explicados dentro de esos marcos conceptuales. La presente obra aporta elementos de comprensión de esos momentos de crisis de la física bajo dos perspectivas: la vida y la obra de Paul Ehrenfest, y un análisis multidimensional en la caracterización de dicha disciplina. Acercarse a un personaje multifacético como Paul Ehrenfest (1880-1933), que no aparece de manera relumbrante en otras historias de la física, ofrece aproximaciones interesantes al tema en cuestión. Paul Ehrenfest fue un científico localizado en el foco de poderosas tensiones que dieron lugar al surgimiento de la física moderna, por lo que es probablemente la mejor personificación del drama que tuvo lugar en esa disciplina a principios del siglo XX. Con él, nos topamos con un personaje singular, un gran maestro, un crítico de su disciplina y sobre todo de sí mismo y cuya vida estuvo inextricablemente ligada a los temas cruciales de la física de principios del siglo XX. La narración que encontramos en este libro destaca por caracterizar a la física más allá de sus dimensiones empírica y lógico-formal, reconociendo sus elementos imaginativos y creativos y sus múltiples interacciones con el entorno filosófico, social y cultural que la convierten en verdadera aventura intelectual, pero también en verdadera fuerza civilizadora. La obra que el lector tiene en sus manos contribuye a construir puentes entre las ciencias y las humanidades, discurriendo a través de líneas divisorias o fronterizas que la hacen una fuente rica de conexiones entre diferentes formas de pensamiento, de comprensión y de búsqueda de significados.

Author Biography

Ricardo Guzmán is a tenured professor at the Institute of Technology and Higher Education of Monterrey. One of his central preoccupations is the growing disengagement between different forms of knowledge. Part of his work in recent years has been directed toward the promotion and construction of bridges between scientific and humanistic cultures. he has participated as a speaker in national conferences and has published various articles in international journals in Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, and Spain. Since 2011, he has been a member of the National System of Researchers granted by the National Board of Science and Technology of the government of Mexico. Francisco Javier Odón Ordóñez Rodríguez is a professor of the history of science at the Autonomous University of Madrid. He has a PhD in philosophy from Complutense University Madrid. He has worked as the director of the department of logic, director of publishing services, and VP of research at UAM. He has collaborated with institutions such as City University in New York and the Max Planck Institute in Berlin.