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The Philosophy Behind Physics

  • Authors
  • Thomas A. Brody
  • Luis de la Peña
  • Peter E. Hodgson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Introduction

    1. Thomas A. Brody
      Pages 1-4
  3. The Philosophy of Physics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Thomas A. Brody
      Pages 7-17
    3. Thomas A. Brody
      Pages 18-24
    4. Thomas A. Brody
      Pages 25-39
    5. Thomas A. Brody
      Pages 40-59
    6. Thomas A. Brody
      Pages 60-79
    7. Thomas A. Brody
      Pages 80-83
    8. Thomas A. Brody
      Pages 84-94
    9. Thomas A. Brody
      Pages 95-104
  4. The Theory of Probability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Thomas A. Brody
      Pages 107-121
    3. Thomas A. Brody
      Pages 122-135
    4. Thomas A. Brody
      Pages 136-138
    5. Thomas A. Brody
      Pages 139-156
  5. The Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Thomas A. Brody
      Pages 197-204
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      Pages 205-222
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      Pages 223-230
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      Pages 239-246
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      Pages 247-266
  6. General

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 277-277
    2. Thomas A. Brody
      Pages 310-317
    3. Thomas A. Brody
      Pages 318-337
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 339-356

About this book

Introduction

Thomas Brody had one of the most powerful and wide-ranging intellects of his generation. Although primarily a physicist who worked on statistical prob­ lems in nuclear physics, on probability theory and on computational physics he had an extensive knowledge of the philosophy of science and of philosophy, and was fluent in many languages. He is well-known among physicists for the Brody-Moshinsky transformation but his extensive work on probability and on the philosophy of science remained almost unknown. This was because the originality of his ideas entailed many lengthy battles with uncomprehending referees, and he frequently published in Mexican journals of limited circula­ tion. In addition, his strongly critical spirit inhibited his willingness to publish his ideas. He was always most concerned by the very unsatisfactory situation in the philosophy of physics, that is largely due to the generally poor knowledge that physicists and philosophers have of each other's disciplines. Philosophers of science write at length about physics without any detailed first-hand knowl­ edge of how research is actually carried out. Physicists, for their part, often implicitly assume naive or erroneous philosophical ideas, and this often hinders their scientific work, besides spreading further confusion if they try to give an account of what they are doing.

Keywords

determinism epistemology interpret logic mechanics nature philosophy philosophy of physics physics quantum mechanics

Editors and affiliations

  • Luis de la Peña
    • 1
  • Peter E. Hodgson
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto de FísicaUniversidad Autónoma de MéxicoMéxico DFMéxico
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of OxfordOxfordGreat Britain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-78978-6
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-57952-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-78978-6
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