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© 2005

Laws of Nature

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Peter Mittelstaedt, Paul A. Weingartner
    Pages 1-2
  3. What is a Law of Nature?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 3-3
    2. Peter Mittelstaedt, Paul A. Weingartner
      Pages 5-12
    3. Peter Mittelstaedt, Paul A. Weingartner
      Pages 13-26
    4. Peter Mittelstaedt, Paul A. Weingartner
      Pages 27-47
    5. Peter Mittelstaedt, Paul A. Weingartner
      Pages 49-62
  4. Properties of Laws

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 64-64
    2. Peter Mittelstaedt, Paul A. Weingartner
      Pages 65-93
    3. Peter Mittelstaedt, Paul A. Weingartner
      Pages 95-140
    4. Peter Mittelstaedt, Paul A. Weingartner
      Pages 141-173
    5. Peter Mittelstaedt, Paul A. Weingartner
      Pages 175-198
    6. Peter Mittelstaedt, Paul A. Weingartner
      Pages 199-264
    7. Peter Mittelstaedt, Paul A. Weingartner
      Pages 265-279
    8. Peter Mittelstaedt, Paul A. Weingartner
      Pages 281-306
  5. Why are Laws of Nature Valid?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 307-307
    2. Peter Mittelstaedt, Paul A. Weingartner
      Pages 309-328
    3. Peter Mittelstaedt, Paul A. Weingartner
      Pages 329-346
    4. Peter Mittelstaedt, Paul A. Weingartner
      Pages C1-C1
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 347-376

About this book

Introduction

The book is concerned with the laws of nature and in particular with the laws of physics. The authors discuss three important questions: First, whether the observed regularities are based on strict "laws of nature" that hold rigorously and without any exception. Second, what we call a "law of nature" is studied by comparing this concept with invariance principles, causality principles, teleological principles and means of predicting future events. Finally, on the basis of these investigations the authors treat the ambitious and intricate third question, why the laws of nature hold. Are there rational reasons for this largely unexplained phenomenon? This book addresses students as well as researchers. It will be an excellent reference for those interested in the philosophical foundations of the natural sciences.

Keywords

Causality Principle Invariance Principle Invariant Laws of Physics Natur causality invariance mathematics natural science

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität zu KölnKölnGermany
  2. 2.Institut für PhilosophieUniversität SalzburgSalzburgAustria

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