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Quasars, Causality, and Geometry

Wesley C. Salmon

in Causality and Explanation

Published in print May 1998 | ISBN: 9780195108644
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833627 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195108647.003.0026
Quasars, Causality, and Geometry

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Shows how the failure of astrophysicists to honor the distinction between causal processes and pseudoprocesses vitiates much of the discussion of quasars since their discovery in 1963. In this case, the theory of causality presented in this book bears directly on recent developments in an exciting branch of physical science. An appendix to the chapter presents numerous examples of the application of the fallacious argument connecting variation in brightness of an astronomical object with its compactness (the cΔt Size Criterion).

Keywords: causal processes; geometry; pseudoprocesses; Quasars

Chapter.  7171 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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