<history of philosophy, biography> German-American philosopher of science (1891-1953) whose Philosophie der Raum-Zeit-Lehre (The Philosophy of Space and Time) (1928) considered the philosophical implications of Einstein's theory of relativity. Reichenbach contributed significantly to the mathematical conception of probability as relative frequency of occurrence. Despite his long association with the logical positivists, in Experience and Prediction (1938), he explicitly rejected their reductionist and phenomenalist aims. The Rise of Scientific Philosophy (1951) provides an accessible summary of Reichenbach's thought. Recommended Reading: Hans Reichenbach, Philosophic Foundations of Quantum Mechanics (Dover, 1998); Hans Reichenbach,The Direction of Time (Dover, 2000); Karin Gerner, Hans Reichenbach: sein Leben und Wirken: eine wissenschaftliche Biographie; and Logical Empiricism and the Special Sciences: Reichenbach, Feigl, and Nagel, ed. by Sahotra Sarkar (Garland, 1996).
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