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Newton's bucket, Einstein's elevator, Schrödinger's cat – these are some of
the best-known examples of thought experiments in the natural sciences. But
what function do these experiments perform? Are they really experiments at all?
Can they help us gain a greater understanding of the natural world? How is it
possible that we can learn new things just by thinking?
In this revised and updated new edition of his classic text The Laboratory of
the Mind , James Robert Brown continues to defend apriorism in the physical
world. This edition features two new chapters, one on “counter thought
experiments” and another on the development of inertial motion. With plenty of
illustrations and updated coverage of the debate between Platonic rationalism
and classic empiricism, this is a lively and engaging contribution to the field
of philosophy of science.