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MAXWELL'S ARTFUL ENTANGLEMENT OF OPTICS AND ELECTROMAGNETISM AND THE INCOMMENSURABILITY TENET
  • Rinat M.Nugayev,
  • Rinat M Nugayev
Rinat M.Nugayev

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Rinat M Nugayev
Universiade Village 35, the Republic of Tatarstan, Region State University of Physical Culture, Sport and Tourism

Abstract

It is contended that one of the promising directions for brooding over the problem of incommensurability of paradigms, coined by T. Kuhn and P. Feyerabend, can be associated with the trend of advancement of neo-Kantian epistemology, embodied by the writings of Ernst Cassirer. According to Cassirer, the statements fixing connections and relationships between mathematical ideal constructs form a 'neutral language' that can serve as a firm ground for comparing the 'old' and 'new' paradigms. A case study of the genesis and functioning of a neutral mathematical language related to the Maxwellian celebrated synthesis of optics and electromagnetism is provided. It is elicited that its basis is constituted by the mathematical language of continuum mechanics. The main function of the neutral language was to project the consequences of all the unified theories onto the mathematical model, 'rewrite' all known laws in this mathematical language, compare their conclusions with each other to eliminate contradictions and generalize the stuff in a self-consistent system of equations.
14 Mar 2024Submitted to Advance
25 Apr 2024Published in Advance