The Transition from Theoretical Physics into Theoretical Biology
The problem of our title is not usually considered as purely scientific, but as pertaining largely to philosophy and metaphysics. This means that the involvement of the scientist is partly emotional and partly rational. The need of the investigator to control or counteract his own, often unconscious tendencies is the most outstanding feature of our subject. On recognizing this, it becomes indispenable to find a purely formal criterion to which one can refer time and again to keep the intrusion of such nonrational tendencies in check.
KeywordsQuantum Mechanic Theoretical Physic Inductive Inference Logical Relativity Biological Theory
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- Cox, R. T. 1961. The Algebra of Probable Inference, 114 pp. Baltimore, Md.: The Johns Hopkins Press.Google Scholar
- Elsasser, W. M. 1958. The Physical Foundation of Biology. London and New York: Pergamon Press.Google Scholar
- Elsasser, W. M. 1966. Atom and Organism, A New Approach to Theoretical Biology, 143 pp. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.Google Scholar
- Gerard, R. W., ed. 1958. “Concepts of Biology,” Behavior Science 3, No. 2 (April); also available separately as Publ. No. 560 of Nat’l Academy of Science—Nat’l Research Council.Google Scholar
- Jaynes, E. T. 1963. Brandeis Summer Institute 1962, 181–218. New York: W. A. Benjamin.Google Scholar
- Jaynes, E. T. 1967. Delaware Seminar in the Foundations of Physics, M. Bunge, ed., pp. 77–101. Berlin and New York: Springer.Google Scholar
- Jeffreys, H. 1939. Theory of Probability, 400 pp. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 2nd edition, 1948. 3rd edition, 1961—presently out of print. I have checked the last two editions against each other and find the differences between them minor.Google Scholar
- Keynes, J. M. 1921. A Treatise on Probability, 466 pp. London: Macmillan. Reprinted: Harper Torchbooks, No. 557, 1962.Google Scholar
- Tribus, M. 1961. Thermostatics and Thermodynamics, 649 pp. Princeton and New York: Van Nostrand.Google Scholar
- Von Neumann, J. 1932. Mathematische Grundlagen der Quantenmechanik, 266 pp. Berlin: Springer. Reprinted 1943, New York: Dover. Translated 1955, Princeton: Princeton University Press.Google Scholar