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By Karel Berka

For a few years, Karel Berka has labored at many of the significant difficulties of the speculation of the sciences. without delay a philosopher, a mathematician, a cautious scholar of the actual sciences and the social sciences, and a pointy yet sympathetic critic of the most important philosophies of technology during this century, Berka brings to this treatise on size either his technical mastery and his historic sensitivity. We delight in his cautious research of his predecessors, significantly Helmholtz, Campbell, Holder, Bridgman, Camap, Hempel, and Stevens, and of his contemporaries akin to Brian Ellis and in addition Patrick Suppes and J. L. Zinnes. the problems to be clarified are favourite yet nonetheless troubling: tips to justify the conceptual transition from class to a metric; tips on how to discover how one can supply a quantitative knowing of a qualitative suggestion; certainly tips on how to comprehend, and thereby regulate, the Galilean enthusiasm "to degree what's measurable and to aim to render measurable what's no longer in order yet".

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