In Search of Reality

  • Bernard d’Espagnat

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Bernard d’Espagnat
    Pages 1-7
  3. Bernard d’Espagnat
    Pages 8-11
  4. Bernard d’Espagnat
    Pages 12-24
  5. Bernard d’Espagnat
    Pages 25-50
  6. Bernard d’Espagnat
    Pages 51-54
  7. Bernard d’Espagnat
    Pages 55-62
  8. Bernard d’Espagnat
    Pages 73-81
  9. Bernard d’Espagnat
    Pages 82-104
  10. Bernard d’Espagnat
    Pages 105-120
  11. Bernard d’Espagnat
    Pages 121-132
  12. Bernard d’Espagnat
    Pages 133-145
  13. Bernard d’Espagnat
    Pages 146-164
  14. Bernard d’Espagnat
    Pages 165-168
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 169-182

About this book


When I take up a new book I always read its conclusions first. For I have discovered that even difficult books have conclusions that are easy to read and that give a first idea of their content. Of course, I expect my readers to do this also! Indeed, the present book offers them an opportunity for generalizing the method. After having gone over chapter 14 they should preferably look through chapters 5, 2, 13 and 10, or at least some of these (in this or in other orders), before engaging into any thorough reading. The point is that-at appropriate places in other chapters-the reader will find proofs; and, as we all know, all the proofs that are worth something are unavoidably ponderous. Of course, it is good to have them but, again, the most suitable procedure not to lose interest in their development is, I think, to first provisionally grant their conclusions,. in order to see where they lead us to. Then, to study the proofs once we have been convinced that the goal is worth some effort. This is the reason why I suggest that at least chapters 4 and 11 should, on a first reading, be skipped, at any rate, by the "poets"! The problem, a new approach of which is described in chapter 4, did not come to light, at least in its present form, before 1964. The first experi­ mental investigations bearing on it date back from the seventies.


Physik Realismus Wirklichkeit Wissenschaft objectivity philosophy physics science

Authors and affiliations

  • Bernard d’Espagnat
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Physique Theorique et Particules Elementaires, Centre d’OrsayUniversite Paris XIOrsay CedexFrance

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-11399-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-87050-7
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