The Reform of the International System of Units (SI): Philosophical, Historical and Sociological Issues

1st Edition

Nadine De Courtenay, Olivier Darrigol, Oliver Schlaudt

Routledge
February 8, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 248 Pages
ISBN 9781138483859 - CAT# K349151
Series: History and Philosophy of Technoscience

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Summary

Systems of units still fail to attract the philosophical attention they deserve but this could change with the current reform of the International System of Units (SI). Most of the SI base units will henceforth be based on certain laws of nature and a choice of fundamental constants whose values will be frozen. The theoretical, experimental and institutional work required to implement the reform highlights the entanglement of scientific, technological and social features in scientific enterprise while it also invites a philosophical inquiry that promises to overcome the tensions that have long obstructed science studies.

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