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Wesley C. Salmon

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780195108644

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195108647.001.0001

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Quasars, Causality, and Geometry

Quasars, Causality, and Geometry

A Scientific Controversy That Did not Occur

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Causality and Explanation

Wesley C. Salmon

Oxford University Press

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

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