The Theory of Measurement

  • by J.-M. Kuczynski
  • Narrated by Samuel Unger
  • 0 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this concise study, the basic principles of measurement-theory are stated. Topics covered include:

Triangulation and precisification
Diachronic vs. synchronic measurement
The role of irrational numbers in measurement
Metrical conventionalism (conventionalism as to metrical standards) and nomic conventionalism (conventionalism as to the laws of nature)
Coordination of distinct metrical norms and the concomitant generalization of otherwise context-specific metrical concepts
Additivity and non-additivity of volume, mass, and other magnitudes, in relation to Relativity Theory
Scalar vs. vector magnitudes

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Customer Reviews

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too smart for an audio book

What made the experience of listening to The Theory of Measurement the most enjoyable?

great book, but it's a little tough to follow such intricate arguments without having the written word to fall back on. very eloquent though; can be listened to for its sheer lyricisms.


What other book might you compare The Theory of Measurement to and why?

Fundamentals of Concept-formation in the Empirical Sciences, by Hempel, from which it draws and which it improves on.


Have you listened to any of Samuel Unger’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, I like his gentle but non-wimpy tone.


What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

That metrical conventionalism can be refuted.


Any additional comments?

Yes; the author should re-write a new version of this book sans the mathematics, which don't work very well in audio form.

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- David

too much mathematics, but clean and helpful

Would you consider the audio edition of The Theory of Measurement to be better than the print version?

no, i like the print version, because you can see all the symbols and formulas


What did you like best about this story?

it was so clearly written


What does Samuel Unger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

a very clear and stead quality


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the part about physical laws


Any additional comments?

great book, but kind of intense

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- Michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-29-2016
  • Publisher: PHILOSOPHYPEDIA