The Physicists’ View of Nature, Part 1

From Newton to Einstein

  • Amit Goswami

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: The Importance of the Physicists’ View of Nature for Everyone

  3. The Development of Classical Physics

  4. From Being to Becoming

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
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  5. Waves, Fields, and Einstein’s Universe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 349-352

About this book


This book is designed as a textbook for students who need to fulfil their science requirements. Part I explores classical physics from its beginnings with Descartes, Galileo, Kepler, and Newton, to the relativity theories of Einstein. Special emphasis is given to the development of the objective, materialist, and deterministic worldview of classical physics. The influence of Newtonian physics on other fields of science and on society is emphasized. Finally, some of the problems with the worldview of classical physics are discussed and a preview of quantum physics is given.


Albert Einstein electricity magnetism materialism science thermodynamics

Authors and affiliations

  • Amit Goswami
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Noetic SciencesSausalitoUSA
  2. 2.University of OregonEugeneUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-5450-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-1227-1
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