Problems in the Foundations of Physics

  • Mario Bunge

Part of the Studies in the Foundations, Methodology and Philosophy of Science book series (FOUNDATION, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VII
  2. General

  3. Of Particles

  4. Of Fields

    1. Peter G. Bergmann
      Pages 49-55
  5. Of Quanta

  6. Of Molecules and Galaxies

    1. Rutherford Aris
      Pages 119-129
  7. Philosophical

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 163-165

About this book

Introduction

This is a collection of technical papers in the foundations and the philoso­ It takes both "foundations" phy of physics with emphasis on the former. and "philosophy" in their narrow technical senses but it construes "physics" lato sensu, as including all the sciences of nonliving systems. All eleven papers constituting this volume were written for it. The problems tackled in this book concern certain basic concepts, hypotheses, theories, and research programmes in physical science. Some of these problems are topical, others new, but they are all fundamental and the subject of research and controversy. Consequently this volume is expected to serve those students, teachers and researchers who enjoy learning, teaching, discussing or doing theoretical physics. It is addressed to the nine to niners rather than to the nine to fivers. It is expected to attract the theoretician in search for new basic ideas, the teacher eager to perfect his understanding of physical theory and transmit his own zeal and his own doubts, as well as the student anxious to get down to essentials. This book may also interest the mathematician for whom physics offers a challenge (or a good pretext). Finally, it should get the attention of the philosopher of science aware of the advantages of philosophizing on foundations research problems rather than on the popularization of some results of research. There are at least two reasons for valuing foundations research.

Keywords

fields invariance kinetics mechanics molecule philosophy physical theory physics probability quantum mechanics relativity science theoretical physics theory of relativity units

Editors and affiliations

  • Mario Bunge
    • 1
  1. 1.McGill universityMontrealCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-80624-7
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1971
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-80626-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-80624-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0081-8577
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