Physics, Logic, and History

Based on the First International Colloquium held at the University of Denver, May 16–20, 1966

  • Wolfgang Yourgrau
  • Allen D. Breck

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. André Mercier
    Pages 39-58
  3. Herman Tennessen
    Pages 59-77
  4. Willard V. O. Quine
    Pages 89-103
  5. Dmitri D. Ivanenko
    Pages 105-114
  6. Julian V. Langmead Casserley
    Pages 115-127
  7. Jaakko Hintikka
    Pages 147-172
  8. Czesław Lejewski
    Pages 173-190
  9. George Gamow
    Pages 203-208
  10. Richard H. Popkin
    Pages 209-230
  11. Robert S. Cohen
    Pages 231-251
  12. Hans-Jürgen Treder
    Pages 253-264
  13. Hermann Bondi
    Pages 265-276
  14. David Kaplan
    Pages 277-295
  15. Alfred Landé
    Pages 297-310
  16. Hermann Bondi
    Pages 321-324
  17. The Editors
    Pages 325-326
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 327-336

About this book


It is a trite and often lamented fact that every academic discipline suffers from the malady of overspecialization and expertise. Who, in his scholarly experience, has not encountered technical gibberish and the jargon of the pundit? The contributors to this work have aUempted to remove the artifi­ cial barriers between these respective disciplines. The purpose of this volume is to explore the ever present links between logic, physical reality, and history. Indeed there are not two or three or four cuItures: there is only one culture; our generation has lost its awareness of this. Though serious, it is not tragic. All we need is to free ourselves from the fetters of mere "technicalese" and search for a comprehensive interpretation of logical and physical theories. His'torians, logicians, physicists - all are banded in one common enterprise, namely in their desire to weave an enlightened fabric of human knowledge. It is a current, and perhaps weJcome, trend in philosophie inquiry to de-psychologize systems, methods, and theories. However, there is an equally fashionable tendency to minimize or even eschew the historical aspects of logical and physical theories, and analogously, there is a deep­ seated mistrust among physicists and cosmologists against the seemingly pure abstractions of logical formalisms.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang Yourgrau
    • 1
  • Allen D. Breck
    • 2
  1. 1.Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of DenverDenverUSA
  2. 2.HistoryUniversity of DenverDenverUSA

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