Rational Reconstructions of Modern Physics

  • Peter Mittelstaedt
Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 169)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Peter Mittelstaedt
    Pages 1-10
  3. Peter Mittelstaedt
    Pages 11-48
  4. Peter Mittelstaedt
    Pages 49-77
  5. Peter Mittelstaedt
    Pages 79-101
  6. Peter Mittelstaedt
    Pages 103-112
  7. Peter Mittelstaedt
    Pages 113-117
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 119-126

About this book

Introduction

Newton’s classical physics and its underlying ontology are loaded with several metaphysical hypotheses that cannot be justified by rational reasoning nor by experimental evidence. Furthermore, it is well known that some of these hypotheses are not contained in the great theories of modern physics, such as the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. This book shows that, on the basis of Newton’s classical physics and by rational reconstruction, the theory of relativity as well as quantum mechanics can be obtained by partly eliminating or attenuating the metaphysical hypotheses. Moreover, it is shown that these reconstructions do not require additional hypotheses or new experimental results.

Keywords

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Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Mittelstaedt
    • 1
  1. 1.Inst. Theoretische PhysikUniversität KölnKölnGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0077-2
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-0076-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-0077-2