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Delaware Seminar in the Foundations of Physics

  • Mario Bunge

Part of the Studies in the Foundations Methodology and Philosophy of Science book series (FOUNDATION, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Peter G. Bergmann
    Pages 1-14
  3. Clifford A. Truesdell
    Pages 35-48
  4. E. J. Post
    Pages 102-123
  5. Peter Havas
    Pages 124-148
  6. Ralph Schiller
    Pages 149-160
  7. Henry Margenau, James L. Park
    Pages 161-187
  8. Paul Bernays
    Pages 188-191
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 192-193

About these proceedings

Introduction

This volume collects the lectures on the foundations of physics given by eleven scientists at the University of Delaware. It is neither an anthology of disconnected items nor a smoothly running textbook but rather a progress report on a neglected yet vital area of basic physical research, namely foundations research. The investigation into the foundations of any branch of science is neither loose speculation nor popular science: it is an aspect of scientific research - in fact the deepest-searching part of basic research. Con­ sequently it must be carried out by the scientist himself. Thus whether the time concept is a numerical variable or a function, whether particle mechanics is the primary mechanical theory or a particular case of continuum mechanics, whether transformation formulas are laws of nature or links between equivalent descriptions, whether thermodynamics has been fully reduced to statistical mechanics, whether the field concept is dispensable, whether the covariance principle is a law or a regulative principle, whether quantum mechanics is completely detached from classical physics or contains fragments of it, whether it has annihilated the physical object or given a more complex picture of it, and to which extent are the field variables measurable - all these are technical questions demanding a careful analysis of pieces of recent basic research. Yet all of these problems and indeed all questions in foundational research are philosophical as well as scientific.

Keywords

continuum mechanics dynamics mechanics physics quantum mechanics science statistical mechanics thermodynamics

Editors and affiliations

  • Mario Bunge
    • 1
  1. 1.McGill UniversityMontrealCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-86102-4
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1967
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-86104-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-86102-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0081-8577
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