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Delaware Seminar in the Foundations of Physics

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

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Table of contents (11 papers)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-XI
  2. Foundations Research in Physics

    • Peter G. Bergmann
    Pages 1-14
  3. Foundations of Continuum Mechanics

    • Clifford A. Truesdell
    Pages 35-48
  4. General Covariance in Electromagnetism

    • E. J. Post
    Pages 102-123
  5. Foundation Problems in General Relativity

    • Peter Havas
    Pages 124-148
  6. Relations of Quantum to Classical Physics

    • Ralph Schiller
    Pages 149-160
  7. Objectivity in Quantum Mechanics

    • Henry Margenau, James L. Park
    Pages 161-187
  8. Scope and Limits of Axiomatics

    • Paul Bernays
    Pages 188-191
  9. Back Matter

    Pages 192-193

About this book

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. ConĀ­ 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

  • McGill University, Montreal, Canada

    Mario Bunge

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Delaware Seminar in the Foundations of Physics

  • Editors: Mario Bunge

  • Series Title: Studies in the Foundations, Methodology and Philosophy of Science

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-86102-4

  • Publisher: Springer Berlin, Heidelberg

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1967

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-642-86104-8Published: 09 April 2012

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-642-86102-4Published: 13 March 2013

  • Series ISSN: 0081-8577

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 194

  • Topics: Physics, general

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