Philosophy of Physics

Philosophy of Physics
Author: Tim Maudlin
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 183
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 0691143099
ISBN 13: 9780691143095
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Philosophy of Physics Book Review:

Introduces non-physicists to core philosophical issues surrounding the nature & structure of space & time, & is also an ideal resource for physicists interested in the conceptual foundations of space-time theory. Provides a broad historical overview, from Aristotle to Einstein, & covers the Twins Paradox, Galilean relativity, time travel, & more.

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Physics

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Physics
Author: Robert Batterman
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 688
Release: 2013-03-14
ISBN 10: 0195392043
ISBN 13: 9780195392043
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Physics Book Review:

This Oxford Handbook provides an overview of many of the topics that currently engage philosophers of physics. It surveys new issues and the problems that have become a focus of attention in recent years. It also provides up-to-date discussions of the still very important problems that dominated the field in the past. In the late 20th Century, the philosophy of physics was largely focused on orthodox Quantum Mechanics and Relativity Theory. The measurement problem, the question of the possibility of hidden variables, and the nature of quantum locality dominated the literature on the quantum mechanics, whereas questions about relationalism vs. substantivalism, and issues about underdetermination of theories dominated the literature on spacetime. These issues still receive considerable attention from philosophers, but many have shifted their attentions to other questions related to quantum mechanics and to spacetime theories. Quantum field theory has become a major focus, particularly from the point of view of algebraic foundations. Concurrent with these trends, there has been a focus on understanding gauge invariance and symmetries. The philosophy of physics has evolved even further in recent years with attention being paid to theories that, for the most part, were largely ignored in the past. For example, the relationship between thermodynamics and statistical mechanics—-once thought to be a paradigm instance of unproblematic theory reduction—-is now a hotly debated topic. The implicit, and sometimes explicit, reductionist methodology of both philosophers and physicists has been severely criticized and attention has now turned to the explanatory and descriptive roles of "non-fundamental,'' phenomenological theories. This shift of attention includes "old'' theories such as classical mechanics, once deemed to be of little philosophical interest. Furthermore, some philosophers have become more interested in "less fundamental'' contemporary physics such as condensed matter theory. Questions abound with implications for the nature of models, idealizations, and explanation in physics. This Handbook showcases all these aspects of this complex and dynamic discipline.

The Philosophy of Physics

The Philosophy of Physics
Author: Dean Rickles
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 212
Release: 2016-08-01
ISBN 10: 1509509402
ISBN 13: 9781509509409
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Philosophy of Physics Book Review:

Does the future exist already? What is space? Are time machines physically possible? What is quantum mechanical reality like? Are there many universes? Is there a ‘true’ geometry of the universe? Why does there appear to be an arrow of time? Do humans play a special role in the world? In this unique introductory book, Dean Rickles guides the reader through these and other core questions that keep philosophers of physics up at night. He discusses the three pillars of modern physics (quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and the theories of relativity), in addition to more cutting-edge themes such as econophysics, quantum gravity, quantum computers, and gauge theories. The book’s approach is based on the idea that philosophy of physics is a kind of ‘interpretation game’ in which we try to map physical theories onto our world. But the rules of this game often lead to a multiplicity of possible victors: rarely do we encounter a simple answer. The Philosophy of Physics offers a highly accessible introduction to the latest developments in this exciting field. Written in a lively style, with many visual examples, it will appeal to beginner-level students in both physics and philosophy.

Philosophy Of Physics

Philosophy Of Physics
Author: Lawrence Sklar
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 246
Release: 2018-03-05
ISBN 10: 042997793X
ISBN 13: 9780429977930
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Philosophy Of Physics Book Review:

This book focuses on the most important questions of philosophy of physics, offering a sufficiently concise and clear treatment of the issues to lead the interested reader through the sometimes labyrinthian paths taken by the central debates.

The Philosophy of Physics

The Philosophy of Physics
Author: Roberto Torretti
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 512
Release: 1999-10-28
ISBN 10: 9780521565714
ISBN 13: 0521565715
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Philosophy of Physics Book Review:

Pursues the development of physics from Galileo and Newton to Einstein and the founders of quantum mechanics.

Philosophy of Physics

Philosophy of Physics
Author: Tim Maudlin
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2019-03-19
ISBN 10: 069118352X
ISBN 13: 9780691183527
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Philosophy of Physics Book Review:

A sophisticated and original introduction to the philosophy of quantum mechanics from one of the world’s leading philosophers of physics In this book, Tim Maudlin, one of the world’s leading philosophers of physics, offers a sophisticated, original introduction to the philosophy of quantum mechanics. The briefest, clearest, and most refined account of his influential approach to the subject, the book will be invaluable to all students of philosophy and physics. Quantum mechanics holds a unique place in the history of physics. It has produced the most accurate predictions of any scientific theory, but, more astonishing, there has never been any agreement about what the theory implies about physical reality. Maudlin argues that the very term “quantum theory” is a misnomer. A proper physical theory should clearly describe what is there and what it does—yet standard textbooks present quantum mechanics as a predictive recipe in search of a physical theory. In contrast, Maudlin explores three proper theories that recover the quantum predictions: the indeterministic wavefunction collapse theory of Ghirardi, Rimini, and Weber; the deterministic particle theory of deBroglie and Bohm; and the conceptually challenging Many Worlds theory of Everett. Each offers a radically different proposal for the nature of physical reality, but Maudlin shows that none of them are what they are generally taken to be.

Philosophy of Physics

Philosophy of Physics
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 1522
Release: 2006-11-26
ISBN 10: 0080466656
ISBN 13: 9780080466651
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Philosophy of Physics Book Review:

The ambition of this volume is twofold: to provide a comprehensive overview of the field and to serve as an indispensable reference work for anyone who wants to work in it. For example, any philosopher who hopes to make a contribution to the topic of the classical-quantum correspondence will have to begin by consulting Klaas Landsman’s chapter. The organization of this volume, as well as the choice of topics, is based on the conviction that the important problems in the philosophy of physics arise from studying the foundations of the fundamental theories of physics. It follows that there is no sharp line to be drawn between philosophy of physics and physics itself. Some of the best work in the philosophy of physics is being done by physicists, as witnessed by the fact that several of the contributors to the volume are theoretical physicists: viz., Ellis, Emch, Harvey, Landsman, Rovelli, ‘t Hooft, the last of whom is a Nobel laureate. Key features - Definitive discussions of the philosophical implications of modern physics - Masterly expositions of the fundamental theories of modern physics - Covers all three main pillars of modern physics: relativity theory, quantum theory, and thermal physics - Covers the new sciences grown from these theories: for example, cosmology from relativity theory; and quantum information and quantum computing, from quantum theory - Contains special Chapters that address crucial topics that arise in several different theories, such as symmetry and determinism - Written by very distinguished theoretical physicists, including a Nobel Laureate, as well as by philosophers - Definitive discussions of the philosophical implications of modern physics - Masterly expositions of the fundamental theories of modern physics - Covers all three main pillars of modern physics: relativity theory, quantum theory, and thermal physics - Covers the new sciences that have grown from these theories: for example, cosmology from relativity theory; and quantum information and quantum computing, from quantum theory - Contains special Chapters that address crucial topics that arise in several different theories, such as symmetry and determinism - Written by very distinguished theoretical physicists, including a Nobel Laureate, as well as by philosophers

The Ashgate Companion to Contemporary Philosophy of Physics

The Ashgate Companion to Contemporary Philosophy of Physics
Author: Dean Rickles
Publsiher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Total Pages: 386
Release: 2008
ISBN 10: 9780754655183
ISBN 13: 0754655180
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Ashgate Companion to Contemporary Philosophy of Physics Book Review:

Introducing the reader to the very latest developments in the philosophical foundations of physics, this book covers advanced material at a level suitable for beginner and intermediate students. A detailed overview is provided of the central debates in the philosophy of quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, quantum computation, and quantum gravity. This book enables both philosophers and physicists to engage with the most pressing problems in contemporary philosophy of physics in a fruitful way.

On Physics and Philosophy

On Physics and Philosophy
Author: Bernard d'Espagnat
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 503
Release: 2013-04-07
ISBN 10: 0691158061
ISBN 13: 9780691158068
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

On Physics and Philosophy Book Review:

"On Physics and Philosophy is an accessible, mathematics-free reflection on the philosophical meaning of the quantum revolution, by one of the world's leading authorities on the subject. D'Espagnat presents an objective account of the main guiding principles of contemporary physics - in particular, quantum mechanics - followed by a look at just what consequences these should imply for philosophical thinking."--

The Philosophy of Physics

The Philosophy of Physics
Author: Max Planck
Publsiher: New York : W. W. Norton, Incorporated
Total Pages: 128
Release: 1963
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: MINN:31951000136721M
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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From Physics to Philosophy

From Physics to Philosophy
Author: Michael Redhead,Jeremy Butterfield,Constantine Pagonis
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 235
Release: 1999-12-28
ISBN 10: 9780521660259
ISBN 13: 0521660254
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

From Physics to Philosophy Book Review:

These essays by leading philosophers of physics offer philosophical perspectives on quantum theory and relativity.

Physics and Philosophy

Physics and Philosophy
Author: Werner Heisenberg
Publsiher: Penguin Books, Limited (UK)
Total Pages: 143
Release: 2000
ISBN 10: 9780141182155
ISBN 13: 0141182156
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Physics and Philosophy Book Review:

Heisenberg explains the central ideas of the quantum revolution, and his uncertainty principle. He reveals how words can lose their meaning in the world of relativity and quantum physics, with philosophical implications for the nature of reality.

Niels Bohr and the Philosophy of Physics

Niels Bohr and the Philosophy of Physics
Author: Jan Faye,Henry Folse
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 392
Release: 2017-10-19
ISBN 10: 1350035114
ISBN 13: 9781350035119
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Niels Bohr and the Philosophy of Physics Book Review:

"The sixteen contributions in this collection by some of the best contemporary philosophers and physicists writing on Bohr's philosophy today all carefully distinguish his subtle and unique interpretation of quantum mechanics from views often imputed to him under the banner of the "Copenhagen Interpretation.""--Page 4 de la couverture.

The Philosophy of Quantum Physics

The Philosophy of Quantum Physics
Author: Cord Friebe,Meinard Kuhlmann,Holger Lyre,Paul M. Näger,Oliver Passon,Manfred Stöckler
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 291
Release: 2018-06-21
ISBN 10: 3319783564
ISBN 13: 9783319783567
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Philosophy of Quantum Physics Book Review:

This book provides a thorough and up-to-date introduction to the philosophy of quantum physics. Although quantum theory is renowned for its spectacular empirical successes, controversial discussion about how it should be understood continue to rage today. In this volume, the authors provide an overview of its numerous philosophical challenges: Do quantum objects violate the principle of causality? Are particles of the same type indistinguishable and therefore not individual entities? Do quantum objects retain their identity over time? How does a compound quantum system relate to its parts? These questions are answered here within different interpretational approaches to quantum theory. Finally, moving to Quantum Field Theory, we find that the problem of non-locality is exacerbated. Philosophy of quantum physics is aimed at philosophers with an interest in physics, while also serving to familiarize physicists with many of the essential philosophical questions of their subject.

Economics Philosophy and Physics

Economics  Philosophy  and Physics
Author: Ching-Yao Hsieh,Meng-Hua Ye
Publsiher: M.E. Sharpe
Total Pages: 169
Release: 1991
ISBN 10: 9780873327596
ISBN 13: 0873327594
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Economics Philosophy and Physics Book Review:

Cover -- Half Title -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- List of Figures -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- The Classical Greek World View -- Philosophy -- Science -- Economics -- The World View of Saint Thomas Aquinas -- St. Thomas's Philosophy -- The Scholastic Approach to Science -- St. Thomas's Economics -- The Disintegration of the Medieval World View -- Chapter 1 Newtonian Physics, Philosophy, and Economics -- Newton's Grand Synthesis -- Newton's Influence on the Enlightenment -- The Newtonian Heritage of Contemporary Economics -- Reductionism -- Linearity

Philosophy of Physics

Philosophy of Physics
Author: M. Bunge
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 258
Release: 1972-12-31
ISBN 10: 9789027702531
ISBN 13: 9027702535
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Philosophy of Physics Book Review:

This book deals with some of the current issues in the philosophy, methodology and foundations of physics. Some such problems are: - Do mathematical formalisms interpret themselves or is it necessary to adjoin them interpretation assumptions, and if so how are these as sumptions to be framed? - What are physical theories about: physical systems or laboratory operations or both or neither? - How are the basic concepts of a theory to be introduced: by ref erence to measurements or by explicit definition or axiomatically? - What is the use ofaxiomatics in physics? - How are the various physical theories inter-related: like Chinese boxes or in more complex ways? - What is the role of analogy in the construction and in the inter pretation of physical theories? In particular, are classical analogues like those of particle and wave indispensable in quantum theories? - What is the role of the apparatus in quantum phenomena and what is the place of measurement theory in quantum mechanics? - How does a theory face experiment: single-handed or with the help of further theories? These and several other questions of the kind are met with by the research physicist, the physics teacher and the physics student in their everyday work. If dodged they will recur. And a wrong answer to them may obscure the understanding of what has been achieved and may even hamper further advancement. Philosophy, methodology and foundations, like rose bushes, are enjoyable when cultivated but become ugly and thorny when neglected.

Writings on Physics and Philosophy

Writings on Physics and Philosophy
Author: Wolfgang Pauli
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 290
Release: 2013-04-17
ISBN 10: 3662029944
ISBN 13: 9783662029947
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Writings on Physics and Philosophy Book Review:

Like Bohr, Einstein and Heisenberg, Wolfgang Pauli was not only a Nobel laureate and one of the creators of modern physics, but also an eminent philosopher of modern science. This is the first book in English to include all his famous articles on physics and epistemology. They were actually translated during Pauli's lifetime by R. Schlapp and are now edited and annotated by Pauli's former assistant Ch. Enz. Pauli writes about the philosophical significance of complementarity, about space,time and causality, symmetry and the exclusion principle, but also about therole of the unconscious in modern science. His famous article on Kepler is included as well as many historical essays on Bohr, Ehrenfest,and Einstein as well as on the influence of the unconscious on scientific theories. The book addresses not only physicists, philosophers and historians of science, but also the general public.

Philosophy of Physics

Philosophy of Physics
Author: M. Bunge
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 251
Release: 2012-12-06
ISBN 10: 9401025223
ISBN 13: 9789401025225
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Philosophy of Physics Book Review:

This book deals with some of the current issues in the philosophy, methodology and foundations of physics. Some such problems are: - Do mathematical formalisms interpret themselves or is it necessary to adjoin them interpretation assumptions, and if so how are these as sumptions to be framed? - What are physical theories about: physical systems or laboratory operations or both or neither? - How are the basic concepts of a theory to be introduced: by ref erence to measurements or by explicit definition or axiomatically? - What is the use ofaxiomatics in physics? - How are the various physical theories inter-related: like Chinese boxes or in more complex ways? - What is the role of analogy in the construction and in the inter pretation of physical theories? In particular, are classical analogues like those of particle and wave indispensable in quantum theories? - What is the role of the apparatus in quantum phenomena and what is the place of measurement theory in quantum mechanics? - How does a theory face experiment: single-handed or with the help of further theories? These and several other questions of the kind are met with by the research physicist, the physics teacher and the physics student in their everyday work. If dodged they will recur. And a wrong answer to them may obscure the understanding of what has been achieved and may even hamper further advancement. Philosophy, methodology and foundations, like rose bushes, are enjoyable when cultivated but become ugly and thorny when neglected.

Niels Bohr s Philosophy of Physics

Niels Bohr s Philosophy of Physics
Author: D. R. Murdoch
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 294
Release: 1989-03-16
ISBN 10: 9780521379274
ISBN 13: 052137927X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Niels Bohr s Philosophy of Physics Book Review:

This book gives a clear and comprehensive exposition of Niels Bohr's philosophy of physics. Bohr's ideas are of major importance, for they are the source of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum physics; yet they are obscure, and call for the sort of close analysis that this book provides. The book describes the historical background of the physics from which Bohr's ideas grew. The core of the book is a detailed analysis of Bohr's arguments for complementarity and of the interpretation which he put upon it. Special emphasis is placed throughout on the contrasting views of Einstein, and the great debate between Bohr and Einstein is thoroughly examined. The book traces the philosophical influences on Bohr, and unravels the realist and anti-realist strands in his thinking. Bohr's philosophy is critically assessed in the light of recent developments in the foundations of quantum physics (the work of Bell and others) and in philosophy (the realism-anti-realism debate) and it is revealed as being much more subtle and sophisticated than it is generally taken to be. While the book will be of interest to specialists, it is written in a style that will make it accessible to those who have no specialist knowledge of the relevant physics and philosophy.

Lost in Math

Lost in Math
Author: Sabine Hossenfelder
Publsiher: Basic Books
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2018-06-12
ISBN 10: 0465094260
ISBN 13: 9780465094264
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lost in Math Book Review:

In this "provocative" book (New York Times), a contrarian physicist argues that her field's modern obsession with beauty has given us wonderful math but bad science. Whether pondering black holes or predicting discoveries at CERN, physicists believe the best theories are beautiful, natural, and elegant, and this standard separates popular theories from disposable ones. This is why, Sabine Hossenfelder argues, we have not seen a major breakthrough in the foundations of physics for more than four decades. The belief in beauty has become so dogmatic that it now conflicts with scientific objectivity: observation has been unable to confirm mindboggling theories, like supersymmetry or grand unification, invented by physicists based on aesthetic criteria. Worse, these "too good to not be true" theories are actually untestable and they have left the field in a cul-de-sac. To escape, physicists must rethink their methods. Only by embracing reality as it is can science discover the truth.