Letters in Mathematical Physics

, Volume 10, Issue 2–3, pp 101–106

Speculations on some possible mathematical frameworks for the foundations of certain physical theories


DOI: 10.1007/BF00398145

Cite this article as:
Ulam, S. Lett Math Phys (1985) 10: 101. doi:10.1007/BF00398145


This is the transcript of an informal talk, given at Boulder and Salt Lake City at the Rocky Mountain Theoretical Physics Conferences and at the University of New Mexico. It discusses several fundamental ideas, notably combinatorial origin of metric, coupled nonlinear field equations of the Hartree-type, the early history of nonlinear maps and ‘strange attractors’, and finally a possible emerging physical interpretation of the idea of gauge theories. (The manuscript has been edited and completed by A. O. Barut and M. Flato.)


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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Ulam
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  1. 1.Santa FeUSA

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