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Call number: | 9783319488646:ONLINE Show nearby items on shelf |
Title: | Time Machine Tales The Science Fiction Adventures and Philosophical Puzzles of Time Travel |
Author(s): |
Paul J Nahin |
Date: | 2017 |
Size: | 1 online resource (XLIX, 383 p. 53 illus., 3 illus. in color p.) |
Contents: | Some First Words -- Introduction -- A Broad Look At Time Travel -- Philosophical Space and Time -- The Physics of Time Travel —Part I.-Philosophers, Physicists, and the Time Travel Paradoxes -- Communication With the Past -- The |
Physics of Time Travel —Part II -- Epilogue -- Appendix 1 -- Appendix 2 -- Appendix 3 -- Glossary -- Index. | |
ISBN: | 9783319488646 |
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Keywords: | Popular works , Philosophy and science , Gravitation , Physics , Philosophy , Popular Science , Popular Science in Physics , Popular Science in Philosophy , Philosophy of Science , History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics , Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory |
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Call number: | 9783319444185:ONLINE Show nearby items on shelf |
Title: | Space, Time and the Limits of Human Understanding |
Author(s): | |
Date: | 2017 |
Size: | 1 online resource (XXIII, 530 p. 51 illus p.) |
Contents: | Philosophy: Śrīharṣa on the Indefinability of Time by Jonathan Duquette and Krishnamurti Ramasubramanian -- Why Spacetime Has a Life of its Own by James Robert Brown -- From Time to Time by Nathan Salmon -- Relativity Theory may not |
have the last Word on the Nature of Time: Quantum Theory and Probabilism by Nicholas Maxwell -- Space as a Source and as an Object of Knowledge: The Transformation of the Concept of Space in the Post-Kantian Philosophy of Geometry by | |
Francesca Biagioli -- Space, Time and (how they) Matter by Valia Allori -- The Phenomenology of Space and Time: Husserl, Sartre, Derrida by Hans Herlof Grelland -- Time and Space in Ancient India, Pre-Philosophical Period by Michael | |
Witzel and Nataliya Yanchevskaya -- Time in Physics and Time in Awareness by E. C. G. Sudarshan -- Physics: The Future’s Not Ours to See, by Tony Sudbury -- Nature’s Book Keeping System by Gerard ‘t Hooft -- An anomaly in space and | |
time and the origin of dynamics by Joan A. Vaccaro -- Spacetime and Reality: Facing the Ultimate Judge by Vesselin Petkov -- Hermann Weyl’s Space-Time Geometry and its Impact on Theories of Fundamental Interactions by Norbert Straumann | |
-- Space, Time, and Adynamical Explanation in the Relational Blockworld by W.M. Stuckey, Michael Silberstein, and Timothy McDevitt -- Matter, Space, Time, and Motion: A Unified Gravitational Perspective by C. S. Unnikrishnan -- | |
Spacetime is Doomed by George Musser -- Mathematics: Geometry and Physical Space by Mary Leng -- The Geometry of Manifolds and the Perception of Space by Raymond O. Wells, Jr -- Topos Theoretic Approach to Space and Time by Goro C. | |
Kato -- Paradox? The Mathematics of Space-Time and the Limits of Human Understanding by Paul Ernest -- General Relativity, Time, and Determinism by James Isenberg -- “Now” has an infinitesimal positive duration by Reuben Hersh -- The | |
Fundamental Problem of Dynamics by Julian Barbour -- What’s wrong with the Platonic ideal of space and time? by Lorenzo Sadun -- Biology/Cognitive Science: Syntactic Space by Rajesh Kasturirangan -- Time measurement in living systems: | |
Human understanding and health implications by L Abhilash and Vijay Kumar Sharma -- The cellular space-the space of life by Pier Luigi Luisi -- The consciousness of space, the space of consciousness by Mauro Bergonzi and Pier Luigi | |
Luisi -- Time and Suffering (False metaphors, (de)synchronous times, and internal dynamics) by Norman Sieroka -- Evolutionary Time and the Creation of the Space of Life by Randall E. Auxier -- Computer Science: A computational | |
mathematics view of space, time and complexity by David H. Bailey and Jonathan M. Borwein -- The Black Hole in Mathematics by A. K. Dewdney -- Gödel’s Ontological Dreams by Gary Mar -- ‘Photographing the Footsteps of Time’: Space and | |
Time in Charles Babbage’s Calculating Engines by Doron Swade -- Gödel incompleteness and the empirical sciences by N. C. A. da Costa and F. A. Doria -- Miscellaneous: The Novel and the Map: Spatiotemporal Form and Discourse in Literary | |
Cartography by Robert T. Tally Jr -- Time, Space, and the Human Geographies of Opportunity by Donald G. Janelle -- Losing Time and Space: Experiencing Immersion by Diana J. Reichenbach. < | |
ISBN: | 9783319444185 |
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Keywords: | Physics , Epistemology , Metaphysics , Gravitation , Cosmology , Physics , Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory , Epistemology , History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics , Cosmology , Metaphysics |
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Call number: | 9783319437606:ONLINE Show nearby items on shelf |
Title: | Information and Interaction Eddington, Wheeler, and the Limits of Knowledge |
Author(s): | |
Date: | 2017 |
Size: | 1 online resource (XXIII, 212 p. 22 illus., 11 illus. in color p.) |
Contents: | Boundaries of Scientific Thought (I. Durham) -- Eddington’s Limits of Knowledge: The Role of Religion (M. Stanley) -- Eddington's Dream: A Failed Theory of Everything (H. Kragh) -- All Possible Perspectives: A (Partial) Defence of |
Eddington's Physics (D. Rickles) -- Tracing the Arrows of Time (F. Weinert) -- Constructor Theory of Information (C. Marletto) -- On Participatory Realism (C. A. Fuchs) -- Toward Physical Realizations of Thermodynamic Resource Theories | |
(N. Y. Halpern) -- Merging Contradictory Laws: Imagining a Contructive Derivation of Quantum Theory (W. K. Wootters) -- Understanding the Electron (K. H. Knuth) | |
ISBN: | 9783319437606 |
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Keywords: | Physics , Philosophy and science , Quantum computers , Spintronics , Physics , History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics , Philosophy of Science , Quantum Computing , Quantum Information Technology, Spintronics |
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Call number: | 9783319389875:ONLINE Show nearby items on shelf |
Title: | Quantum [Un]Speakables II Half a Century of Bell's Theorem |
Author(s): | |
Date: | 2017 |
Size: | 1 online resource (XVII, 533 p. 200 illus., 87 illus. in color p.) |
Contents: | John Stewart Bell - The Man (M. Bell, A. Whitaker, R. A. Bertlmann) -- Bell's Theorem - Fundamental Issues (D. Mermin, C. Brukner, H. Wiseman, J. Bub, T. Rudolph, V. Scarani, M. Zukowski) -- Contextuality (A. Cabello, S. B. Kochen) -- |
Bell Inequalities - Theory (D. Bruß, L. Hardy, J.-A. Larsson, B. Hiesmayr) -- Quantum Topics (A. Acin, N. Gisin, D. Greenberger, M. Horne, V. Scarani) -- Entanglement Features (O. Gühne, B. Kraus) -- Neutron Interferometry (H. Rauch, | |
Y. Hasegawa) -- Bell Inequalities - Experiment (P. Kwiat, G. Weihs, J.-W. Pan, J. F. Clauser, M. Giustina, A. Zeilinger) | |
ISBN: | 9783319389875 |
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Keywords: | Physics , Philosophy and science , Quantum computers , Quantum physics , Spintronics , Physics , Quantum Physics , Quantum Information Technology, Spintronics , History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics , Quantum Computing , Philosophy of Science |
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Call number: | 9783319134437:ONLINE Show nearby items on shelf |
Title: | Sleeping beauties in theoretical physics: surprising insights |
Author(s): |
Thanu Padmanabhan |
Date: | 2015 |
Publisher: | Springer |
Size: | 1 online resource (302 pages) |
Contents: | The Grand Cube of Theoretical Physics -- The Emergence of Classical Physics -- Orbits of Planets are Circles! -- The Importance of being Inverse-square -- Potential surprises in Newtonian Gravity -- Lagrange and his Points -- Getting the most of it! -- Surprises in Fluid Flows -- Isochronous Curiosities: Classical and Quantum -- Logarithms of Nature . -- Curved Spacetime for pedestrians -- Black hole is a Hot Topic -- Thomas and his Precession .-When Thomas met Foucault -- The One-body Problem -- Th e Straight and Narrow Path ofWaves -- If Quantum Mechanics is the Paraxial Optics, then .... -- Make it Complex to Simplify -- Nothing matters a lot -- Radiation: Caterpillar becomes Butterfly -- Photon:Wave and/or Particle -- Angular Momentum without Rot ation.-Ubiquitous RandomWalk -- More on Random Walks: Circuits and a Tired Drunkard -- Gravitational Instability of the Isothermal Sphere -- Gravity bends electric field lines -- References -- Index. |
ISBN: | 9783319134420 |
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Keywords: | Physics, Philosophy, Quantum theory |
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Call number: | SPRINGER-2016-9789811016240:ONLINE Show nearby items on shelf |
Title: | Heavy Quarkonium Production Phenomenology and Automation of One-Loop Scattering Amplitude Computations |
Author(s): |
Hua-Sheng Shao |
Date: | 2016 |
Size: | 1 online resource (33 p.) |
Note: | 10.1007/978-981-10-1624-0 |
Contents: | Introduction -- Background of heavy quarkonium physics -- HELAC-Onia -- Heavy quarkonium production in hadronic collisions -- Inclusive $J/\psi$ production at B factories -- Summary and Outlooks of Part I -- NLO Computations and |
Automation Philosophy -- One-loop Computations: OPP vs TIR -- MadLoop5 -- Automation of NLO Computations -- Summary and Prospects of Part II -- Appendix | |
ISBN: | 9789811016240 |
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Keywords: | Physics , Quantum field theory , String theory , Nuclear physics , Heavy ions , Hadrons , Elementary particles (Physics) , Physics , Elementary Particles, Quantum Field Theory , Nuclear Physics, Heavy Ions, Hadrons , Quantum Field Theories, String Theory |
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Call number: | SPRINGER-2016-9783319284125:ONLINE Show nearby items on shelf |
Title: | The Rise and Fall of the Fifth Force Discovery, Pursuit, and Justification in Modern Physics |
Author(s): |
Allan Franklin |
Date: | 2016 |
Edition: | 2nd ed. 2016 |
Size: | 1 online resource (4 p.) |
Note: | 10.1007/978-3-319-28412-5 |
Contents: | Preface -- Part I The Rise and Fall of the Fifth Force -- Part II Additional Material -- References -- Index |
ISBN: | 9783319284125 |
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Keywords: | Physics , Philosophy and science , Gravitation , Observations, Astronomical , Astronomy , Physical measurements , Measurement , Physics , History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics , Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory , Astronomy, Observations and Techniques , Measurement Science and Instrumentation , Philosophy of Science |
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Call number: | SPRINGER-2016-9783319258898:ONLINE Show nearby items on shelf |
Title: | Making Sense of Quantum Mechanics |
Author(s): |
Jean Bricmont |
Date: | 2016 |
Edition: | 1st ed. 2016 |
Size: | 1 online resource (25 p.) |
Note: | 10.1007/978-3-319-25889-8 |
Contents: | Physicists in Wonderland -- The First Mystery: Interference and Superpositions -- “Philosophical” Intermezzo -- The Second Mystery: Nonlocality -- The de Broglie-Bohm Theory -- Are There any Alternative Theories? -- Revisiting the |
History of Quantum Mechanics -- Quantum Mechanics and Our Culture | |
ISBN: | 9783319258898 |
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Keywords: | Physics , Philosophy and science , Quantum physics , Physics , Quantum Physics , History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics , Philosophy of Science |
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Call number: | SPRINGER-2016-9783319218281:ONLINE Show nearby items on shelf |
Title: | A Student's Guide Through the Great Physics Texts Volume IV: Heat, Atoms and Quanta |
Author(s): |
Kerry Kuehn |
Date: | 2016 |
Edition: | 1st ed. 2016 |
Size: | 1 online resource (463 p.) |
Note: | 10.1007/978-3-319-21828-1 |
Contents: | A New Science of Heat -- Heat, Symmetry and Mathematics -- Steam Engines and Heat Flow -- Carnot's Cycle -- Engines are Thermometers -- Temperature, Pressure and Reversibility -- The Language of Science -- Energy and Entropy -- |
Conduction of Heat -- On Radiation -- Atomism and Kinetic Theory -- Atomism and Kinetic Theory 2 -- Dynamical and Statistical Laws -- The Discovery of the Electron -- The Mass and Velocity of a-particles -- Identifying the a Particle | |
-- Targeting the Nucleus -- Nuclear Structure -- The Discovery of the Neutron -- The Nature of the Neutron -- Corpuscles of Light -- X-Ray Optics 1 -- X-Ray Optics 2 -- Electron diffraction 1 -- Electron diffraction 2 -- The Bohr model | |
of the atom -- Atomic spectra -- The periodic table -- The Birth of the Quantum -- Matter Waves -- Quantum Orthodoxy -- Causality and Chance in Quantum Theory -- Indeterminacy -- Bohm's critique of Copenhagen | |
ISBN: | 9783319218281 |
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Keywords: | Physics , Philosophy and science , Science education , Cosmology , Physics , History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics , Philosophy of Science , Science Education , Cosmology |
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Title: | The Weight of the Vacuum [electronic resource] : A Scientific History of Dark Energy |
Author(s): |
Helge S Kragh James M Overduin |
Date: | 2014 |
Publisher: | Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg : Imprint: Springer |
Size: | 1 online resource |
Note: | The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for the discovery of cosmic acceleration due to dark energy, a discovery that is all the more perplexing as nobody knows what dark energy actually is. We put the modern concept ofcosmological vacuum energy into historical context and show how it grew out of disparate roots in quantum mechanics (zero-point energy) and relativity theory (the cosmological constant, Einstein's greatest blunder). These twoinfluences have remained strangely aloof and still co-exi st in an uneasy alliance that is at the heart of the greatest crisis in theoretical physics, the cosmological-constant problem |
Contents: | Early ideas of space and vacuum |
The active ether | |
Plancks second quantum theory | |
Half | |
quanta and zero | |
point energy | |
Nernsts cosmic quantum ether | |
The Hamburg connection | |
The cosmological constant | |
From Casimir to Zeldovich | |
Inflation and the false vacuum | |
Variable cosmological constants and quintessence | |
How heavy is the vacuum? | |
The accelerating universe | |
ISBN: | 9783642550904 |
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Series: | SpringerBriefs in Physics, 2191-5423 |
Series: | Physics and Astronomy (Springer-11651) |
Keywords: | Science Philosophy |
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Title: | A Brief History of String Theory [electronic resource] : From Dual Models to M-Theory |
Author(s): |
Dean Rickles |
Date: | 2014 |
Publisher: | Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg : Imprint: Springer |
Size: | 1 online resource |
Note: | During its forty year lifespan, string theory has always had the power to divide, being called both a 'theory of everything' and a 'theory of nothing'. Critics have even questioned whether it qualifies as a scientific theory atall. This book adopts a n objective stance, standing back from the question of the truthor falsity of string theory and instead focusing on how it came to be and how it came to occupy its present position in physics. An unexpectedlyrich history is revealed, with deep connections to our most well-established physical theories. Fully self-contained and written in a lively fashion, the book will appeal to a wide variety of readers from novice to specialist |
Contents: | History and Mythology |
Part I: The (Very) Early Years: 1959 | |
1973 | |
Particle Physics in the Sixties | |
The Veneziano Model | |
The Hadronic String | |
Supersymmetric Strings and Field Theoretic Limits | |
Part II: A Decade of Darkness: 1974 | |
1984 | |
An Early Demise? Theoretical Exaptation in String Theory | |
Turning Point(s) | |
Part III: String Theory Becomes Super: 1985 | |
1995 | |
Superstring Theory and the Real World | |
A 'Second Superstring Revolution' and the Future of String Theory | |
ISBN: | 9783642451287 |
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Series: | The Frontiers Collection, 1612-3018 |
Series: | Physics and Astronomy (Springer-11651) |
Keywords: | Science Philosophy , Quantum theory |
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Title: | Quantum Dynamics of a Particle in a Tracking Chamber [electronic resource] |
Author(s): |
Rodolfo Figari Alessandro Teta |
Date: | 2014 |
Publisher: | Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg : Imprint: Springer |
Size: | 1 online resource |
Note: | In the original formulation of quantum mechanics the existence of a precise border between a microscopic world, governed by quantum mechanics, and a macroscopic world, described by classical mechanics was assumed. Moderntheoretical and experimental p hysics has moved that border several times, carefully investigating its definition and making available to observation larger and larger quantum systems. The presentbook examines a paradigmatic case ofthe transition from quantum to classical behavior:A qu antum particle is revealed in a trackingchamber as a trajectory obeying the laws of classical mechanics. The authorsprovide herea purely quantum-mechanical descriptionofthis behavior, thus helping to illuminate the nature of the border between the quantum and the classical |
Contents: | Preface |
Tracks in the cloud chamber | |
A time | |
dependent analysis of Mott's model | |
Modelingatoms as multi | |
channel point interactions | |
Concluding remarks | |
Appendix | |
ISBN: | 9783642409165 |
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Series: | SpringerBriefs in Physics, 2191-5423 |
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Keywords: | Science Philosophy , Quantum theory , Particle acceleration |
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Title: | Quantum Objects [electronic resource] : Non-Local Correlation, Causality and Objective Indefiniteness in the Quantum World |
Author(s): |
Gregg Jaeger |
Date: | 2014 |
Publisher: | Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg : Imprint: Springer |
Size: | 1 online resource |
Note: | This monograph identifiesthe essential characteristics of the objects described by current quantum theoryand considers their relationship to space-time.In the process, it explicates the senses in which quantum objects may beconsistently considered to have parts of which they may be composed or into which they may be decomposed. The book also demonstrates the degree to which reduction is possible in quantum mechanics, showing it to be related to theobjective indefiniteness of quantum properties and th e strong non-local correlations that can occur betweenthephysical quantities of quantum subsystems. Careful attention is paid to the relationships among such propertycorrelations, physical causation, probability, and symmetry in quantum theory. In this wa y, the text identifies and clarifies the conceptual grounds underlying the unique nature of many quantum phenomena |
Contents: | Non |
locality, Communication, and Entanglement | |
Einstein locality | |
Bell locality | |
Communication | |
Non | |
locality | |
Entanglement | |
Causation, Imprecision, and Indefiniteness | |
Probability | |
Causation | |
Indeterminacy | |
Imprecision | |
Indefiniteness | |
Individuals, Parts, and Wholes | |
Potentiality | |
Discernibility | |
Individuation | |
Persistence | |
Parts and wholes | |
ISBN: | 9783642376290 |
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Series: | Fundamental Theories of Physics : v175 |
Series: | Physics and Astronomy (Springer-11651) |
Keywords: | Science Philosophy , Quantum theory |
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Title: | Reductionism, Emergence and Levels of Reality [electronic resource] : The Importance of Being Borderline |
Author(s): |
Sergio Chibbaro Lamberto Rondoni Angelo Vulpiani |
Date: | 2014 |
Publisher: | Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Springer |
Size: | 1 online resource |
Note: | Scientists have always attempted to explain the world in terms of a few unifying principles. In the fifth century B.C. Democritus boldly claimed that reality is simply a collection of indivisible and eternal parts or atoms. Overthe centuries his doct rine has remained a landmark, and much progress in physics is due to its distinction between subjective perception and objective reality. This book discusses theory reduction in physics, which states that thewhole is nothing more than the sum of its parts : the properties of things are directly determined by their constituent parts. Reductionism deals with the relation between different theories that address different levels of reality, anduses extrapolations to apply that relation in different sciences. R eality shows a complex structure of connections, and the dream of a unified interpretation of all phenomena in several simple laws continues to attract anyone withgenuine philosophical and scientific interests. If the most radical reductionist point of vi ew is correct, the relationship between disciplines is strictly inclusive: chemistry becomes physics, biology becomes chemistry, and so on.Eventually, only one science, indeed just a single theory, would survive, with all others merging in the Theory of E verything. Is the current coexistence of different sciences a mere historical venture which will end when the Theory ofEverything has been established? Can there be a unified description of nature? Rather than an analysis of full reductionism, this book f ocuses on aspects of theory reduction in physics and stimulates reflection on related questions:is there any evidence of actual reduction? Are the examples used in the philosophy of science too simplistic? What has been endangered by the search for (the) ultimate truth? Has the dream of reductionist reason created any monsters?Is big science one such monster? What is the point of embedding science Y within science X, if predictions cannot be made on t |
Contents: | Preface |
A Galilean Dialogue | |
A random journey | |
History | |
Reductionism: the philosophical point of view | |
Reduction in physics and philosophy | |
Emergence | |
A first attempt to tame complexity | |
A short history of statistical mechanics | |
Towards a systematic theory | |
The paradigmatic Brownian motion | |
Critical Phenomena | |
Discussion | |
From microscopic to macroscopic realities | |
The problem of irreversibility | |
Irreversibility and emergence | |
From microscopic to macroscopic equations | |
From atoms to cold fronts | |
Concluding remarks | |
Determinism, chaos and reductionism | |
Ge | |
ISBN: | 9783319063614 |
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Keywords: | Science Philosophy , Quantum theory |
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Title: | Carl Friedrich von Weizscker: Major Texts in Physics [electronic resource] |
Author(s): |
Michael Drieschner |
Date: | 2014 |
Publisher: | Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Springer |
Size: | 1 online resource |
Note: | This book presents a collection of texts by the German physicist and philosopher Carl Friedrich von Weizscker (1912-2007), for use in seminars on the history, epistemology and structure of physics. Most texts appear in Englishfor the first time. Weiz scker became famous through his works in physics, mainly in the early development of nuclear physics. Later he would also become well known as a philosopher and analyst of contemporary culture. Texts includethe original publications of the Weizscker-Bethe formula of nuclear masses and the Bethe-Weizscker cycle, which explains the source of energy in the sun both were developed by Bethe at the same time and independentlyof Weizscker. Further texts deal with Weizsckers explanation of the origin of planets, his explanation of the time arrow in Statistical Mechanics and his analyses of Quantum Mechanics and the structure of physics ingeneral |
Contents: | Introduction |
On Elementary Transmutations in the Interior of Stars. Paper II | |
The Formation of the Planetary System | |
The History of Nature, Introduction | |
The Second Law and the Difference between Past and Future | |
A Sketch of the Unity of Physics | |
Quantum Theory | |
Probability and Abstract Quantum Theory | |
The Philosophy of Alternatives | |
Matter and Consciousness | |
Matter, Energy, Information | |
ISBN: | 9783319036687 |
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Series: | SpringerBriefs on Pioneers in Science and Practice, 2194-3125 : v22 |
Series: | Physics and Astronomy (Springer-11651) |
Keywords: | Quantum theory , Astronomy |
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Title: | The Art of Science [electronic resource] : From Perspective Drawing to Quantum Randomness |
Author(s): |
Rossella Lupacchini Annarita Angelini |
Date: | 2014 |
Publisher: | Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Springer |
Size: | 1 online resource |
Note: | Like linear perspective, complex numbers and probability are notable discoveries of the Renaissance. History has been quick to recognize the crucial impact of linear perspective on painting, but reluctant to acknowledge theimportance of complex numbe rs and probability. Both were treated with a great deal of suspicion by the scientific establishment and overlooked for many years. It was only in the twentieth century, when quantum theory defined the notionof complex probability amplitude, that complex numbers merged with probability and transformed the image of the physical world. From a theoretical point of view, however, the space opened to painting by linear perspective and thespace opened to science by complex numbers are equally valuable and share significant characteristics. By exploring that common ground, The Art of Science will lead the reader to complement Leonardos vision of painting as a scienceand to see science as an art. Its aim is to restore a visual dimension to mathematical sciences an element dulled, if not obscured, by historians, philosophers, and scientists themselves |
Contents: | From Perspective Drawing to the Eighth Dimension |
Seeing Reality in Perspective: The Art of Optics and the Science of Painting | |
The Role of Perspective in the Transformation of European Culture | |
Visual DifferentialGeometry and Beltramis Hyperbolic Plane | |
All Done by Mirrors: Symmetries, Quaternions, Spinors, and Clifford Algebras | |
Artists & Gamblers on the Way to Quantum Physics | |
Radices Sophisticae, Racines Imaginaires: The Origins of Complex Numbers in the Late Renaissance | |
Random, Complex, and Quantum | |
ISBN: | 9783319021119 |
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Keywords: | Mathematics , Science Philosophy , Quantum theory , Humanities |
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Title: | Essays on the Frontiers of Modern Astrophysics and Cosmology [electronic resource] |
Author(s): |
Santhosh Mathew |
Date: | 2014 |
Publisher: | Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Springer |
Size: | 1 online resource |
Note: | This book is a collection of engaging and intriguing essays that describe an intellectual journey from the beginning to the end of universe. It is the product of an ongoing effort to know our place in the universe and share withreaders the underpinni ngs of the magnificent cosmos where we are given a chance to exist only very briefly. The essays incorporate a group of challenging ideas that modern physics and cosmology are struggling to understand, in a uniqueway that incorporates mythological, religi ous, and philosophical perspectives. The author relies on a simple and powerful philosophy that we are part of the universe and the universe is part of us. This wonderful collection ofessays provides a journey through the current frontiers of modern astr ophysics and cosmology. Its depiction of the most important unsolved mysteries about our place in the Universe is peppered with original insights and philosophicalperspectives, making it an intellectual treat. Avi Loeb, Professor, Harvard University Chai r, Astronomy Department Director, Institute for Theory and Computation In these essays, Santhosh Mathew combines an impressive knowledgeof physics with an eye to its connection to Eastern philosophy as well as its relevance to our life in modern times. I n his thoughtful investigation of natural phenomena and their relationship to universal philosophical truths, hetakes up where The Tao of Physics leaves off. You may well find his keen curiosity about the natural world and our place in it infectious. Car ole Bugge (C. E. Lawrence), author of Strings In this informative assemblage ofengaging essays Santhosh Mathew takes the reader on a deeply human quest for truth, a truly inspiring journey that boldly addresses the big questions of what the Universe is, how it came into being, and where it may be heading. Thisexciting adventure is as much a rich scientific history of elegant physics, mathematics, and cosmology as it is a philosophical and |
Contents: | Genesis of Genesis |
Parallel Universes | |
Once Upon a Time There Was No Time or Space | |
Whats the Matter with Anti | |
matter? | |
Playing with Light | |
Dark forces in the Universe | |
Is This Universe Infinite? | |
Holographic Universe Ultimate Illusion | |
Mind Over Matter | |
The Spooky World of Quantum Entanglement | |
Hadron Collider Passport to the Universe | |
Theory of Everything | |
Are We Alone? | |
The End of Everything | |
ISBN: | 9783319018874 |
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Keywords: | Science Philosophy , Astronomy |
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Title: | Leonid Isaakovich Mandelstam [electronic resource] : Research, Teaching, Life |
Author(s): |
Alexander Pechenkin |
Date: | 2014 |
Publisher: | Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Springer |
Size: | 1 online resource |
Note: | This biography of the famous Soviet physicist Leonid Isaakovich Mandelstam (1889-1944), who became a Professor at Moscow State University in 1925, describes his contributions to both physics and technology, as well as discussingthe scientific communi ty which formed around him, usually called the Mandelstam school. Mandelstams life story is thereby placed in its proper cultural context. The following more general issues are taken under consideration: theimpact of German scientific culture on Russian s cience the problems and fates of Russian intellectuals during the revolutionary and post-revolutionary years the formation of the Soviet Academy of Sciences and transformation of thesystem of higher education in the USSR during the 1920's and 1930's.The a uthor shows that Mandelstams fundamental writings and his lectures notes allow to reconstruct his philosophy of science and his approach to the social andethical functions of science and science education. That reconstruction is enhanced through extensive use of hitherto unpublished archival material as well as the transcripts of personal interviews conducted by the author |
Contents: | Foreword by E.P.Velikhov |
Introduction | |
Youth and Strasbourg years | |
The Strasbourg years: radio engineering | |
The Strasbourg years: optics | |
The years of traveling (1914 | |
1925) | |
Moscow State University (1925 | |
1935) | |
Research in optics (Odessa Moscow) | |
The Mandelstam school: the early steps and results | |
The Mandelstams school: the theory of non | |
linear oscillations | |
Moscow State University and the Academy of Sciences | |
Borovoe and the last year in Moscow | |
The Mandelstam operationalism | |
The Mandelstam interpretation of quantum mechanics 1930 | |
1940 | |
ISBN: | 9783319005720 |
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Keywords: | Science Study and teaching , Quantum theory , Life sciences |
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Title: | Rational Reconstructions of Modern Physics [electronic resource] |
Author(s): |
Peter Mittelstaedt |
Date: | 2013 |
Edition: | 2nd ed. 2013 |
Publisher: | Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer |
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Note: | Newtons classical physics and its underlying ontology are loaded with several metaphysical hypotheses that cannot be justified by rational reasoning nor by experimental evidence. Furthermore, it is well known that some ofthese hypotheses are not cont ained in the great theories of Modern Physics, such as the theory of Special Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. This book shows that, on the basis of Newtons classical physics and by rationalreconstruction, the theory of Special Relativity as well as Quant um Mechanics can be obtained by partly eliminating or attenuating the metaphysical hypotheses. Moreover, it is shown that these reconstructions do not require additionalhypotheses or new experimental results. In the second edition the rational reconstruct ions are completed with respect to General Relativity and Cosmology. In addition, the statistics of quantum objects is elaborated in more detail withrespect to the rational reconstruction of quantum mechanics. The new material completes the approach of th e book as much as it is possible at the present state of knowledge. Presumably, the most important contribution that is added tothe second edition refers to the problem of interpretation of the three great theories of Modern Physics. It is shown in detail that in the light of rational reconstructions even realistic interpretations of the three theories ofModern Physics are possible and can easily be achieved |
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Contents: | Rise and Fall of Physical Theories |
The Evolution of Modern Physics from the Classical World | |
Intuitiveness and Truth of Modern Physics | |
The New Approach: Reduction and Elimination of Metaphysical Hypotheses | |
Reconstruction of Special and General Relativity | |
Historical Development Versus Rational Reconstruction | |
Reconstruction of Special Relativity | |
Reconstruction of Quantum Mechanics | |
The Historical Development of Quantum Mechanics | |
The Reduction of Ontological Hypotheses | |
The Formal Languages of Classical Physics and of Quantum Physics | |
Three Constants of Nature | |
The | |
ISBN: | 9789400755932 |
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Series: | Fundamental Theories of Physics : v174 |
Series: | Physics and Astronomy (Springer-11651) |
Keywords: | Science Philosophy |
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Title: | Quantum Physics in the Nanoworld [electronic resource] : Schrdinger's Cat and the Dwarfs |
Author(s): |
Hans Lth |
Date: | 2013 |
Publisher: | Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg : Imprint: Springer |
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Note: | The book deals with all essential aspects of non-relativistic quantum physics up to the quantization of fields. In contrast to common textbooks of quantum mechanics, modern experiments are described both for the purpose offoundation of the theory and in relation to recent applications. In this respect applications to nano-electronics as well as the realization of quantum-bits are presented and discussed. Furthermore, links are made to other importantresearch fields and applications, such as elementar y particle physics, solid state physics and nuclear magnetic resonance tomography in medicine. Even though the representation of the topics is largely performed in terms of Diracsbra-ket notation and by use of commutator algebra, the concrete description of the physical basis and the corresponding theoretical concepts are emphasized. Because of little requirement of complex mathematics, the book is suitable asan introduction into quantum physics, not only for physicists but also for chemists, biologists, engineers, computer scientists and even for philosophers as far as they are interested in natural philosophy and epistomology |
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Contents: | Some Fundamental Experiments |
Particle | |
Wave Duality | |
Quantum States in Hilbert Space | |
Angular Momentum, Spin and Particle Categories | |
Approximate Solutions for Important Model Systems | |
Superposition, Entanglement and other Oddities | |
Fields and Quanta | |
ISBN: | 9783642312380 |
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Series: | Graduate Texts in Physics, 1868-4513 |
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Keywords: | Nanochemistry , Quantum theory , Engineering , Nanotechnology |
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Title: | Quantum Physics Without Quantum Philosophy [electronic resource] |
Author(s): |
Detlef Drr Sheldon Goldstein Nino Zangh |
Date: | 2013 |
Publisher: | Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg : Imprint: Springer |
Size: | 1 online resource |
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Note: | It has often been claimed that without drastic conceptual innovations a genuine explanation of quantum interference effects and quantum randomness is impossible. This book concerns Bohmian mechanics, a simple particle theory thatis a counterexample t o such claims. The gentle introduction and other contributions collected here show how the phenomena of non-relativistic quantum mechanics, from Heisenberg's uncertainty principle to non-commuting observables,emerge from the Bohmian motion of particles, t he natural particle motion associated with Schrdinger's equation. This book will be of value to all students and researchers in physics with an interest in the meaning of quantum theoryas well as to philosophers of science |
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Contents: | Quantum Equilibrium and the Origin of Absolute Uncertainty |
Quantum Equilibrium and the Role of Operators as Observables in Quantum Theory | |
Quantum Philosophy: The Flight from Reason in Science | |
Seven Steps Towards the Classical World | |
On the Quantum Probability Flux Through Surfaces | |
On the Weak Measurement of Velocity in Bohmian Mechanics | |
Topological Factors Derived From Bohmian Mechanics | |
Hypersurface Bohm | |
Dirac Models | |
Bohmian Mechanics and Quantum Field Theory | |
Quantum Spacetime Without Observers | |
Reality and the Role of the Wave Function in Quantum Theory | |
ISBN: | 9783642306907 |
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Keywords: | Science Philosophy , Quantum theory |
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Title: | The Arrows of Time [electronic resource] |
Author(s): |
Laura Mersini-Houghton Rudy Vaas |
Date: | 2012 |
Publisher: | Springer Berlin Heidelberg |
Size: | 1 online resource |
Note: | Monograph |
Note: | Springer 2012 Physics and Astronomy eBook collection |
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ISBN: | 9783642232589 |
Series: | Fundamental Theories of Physics |
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Keywords: | Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory , Philosophy of Science , Quantum Field Theories, String Theory |
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Title: | Probability in Physics [electronic resource] |
Author(s): |
Yemima Ben-Menahem Meir Hemmo |
Date: | 2012 |
Publisher: | Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg |
Size: | 1 online resource |
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Note: | What is the role and meaning of probability in physical theory, in particularin two of the most successful theories of our age, quantum physics andstatistical mechanics? Laws once conceived as universal anddeterministic,such as Newtons laws of motion , or the second law of thermodynamics, are replaced in these theories by inherently probabilistic laws. This collectionof essays by some of the worlds foremost experts presents anin-depthanalysis of the meaning of probability in contemporary physics. Amon g thequestions addressed are: How are probabilities defined? Are they objective or subjective? What is theirexplanatory value?What are thedifferences between quantum and classical probabilities?The result is an informative and thought-provoking book for t he scientificallyinquisitive. |
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Contents: | Introduction |
Physics and Chance | |
Typicality and the Role of the Lebesgue Measure in Statistical Mechanics | |
Typicality and Notions of Probability in Physics | |
Deterministic Laws and Epistemic Chances | |
Measures over Initial Conditions | |
A New Approach to the Approach to Equilibrium | |
Revising Statistical Mechanics | |
Probability, Typicality and Closure Time | |
How Many Maxwell's Demons and Where? | |
Locality and Determinism: the Odd Couple | |
Why the Tsirelson Bound? | |
Three Attempts at Two Axioms for Quantum Mechanics | |
Generalized Probability Measures and the Framework of Effects | |
ISBN: | 9783642213298 |
Series: | e-books |
Series: | SpringerLink (Online service) |
Series: | The Frontiers Collection, 1612-3018 |
Series: | Physics and Astronomy (Springer-11651) |
Keywords: | Science Philosophy , Distribution (Probability theory) , Quantum theory |
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Title: | Probability in Physics [electronic resource] |
Author(s): |
Yemima Ben-Menahem Meir Hemmo |
Date: | 2012 |
Publisher: | Springer Berlin Heidelberg |
Size: | 1 online resource |
Note: | Monograph |
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ISBN: | 9783642213281 |
Series: | The Frontiers Collection |
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Keywords: | Statistical Physics, Dynamical Systems and Complexity , Quantum Physics , Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes , Philosophy of Science |
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Title: | Niels Bohr and Complementarity [electronic resource] : An Introduction |
Author(s): |
Arkady Plotnitsky |
Date: | 2012 |
Publisher: | New York, NY : Springer New York : Imprint: Springer |
Size: | 1 online resource |
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Note: | This book offers a discussion of Niels Bohrs conception of complementarity, arguably his greatest contribution to physics and philosophy. By tracing Bohrs work from his 1913 atomic theory to the introduction and thenrefinement of the idea of compleme ntarity, and by explicating different meanings of complementarity in Bohr and the relationships between it and Bohrs other concepts, the book aims to offer a contained and accessible, and yetsufficiently comprehensive account of Bohrs work on complementar ity and its significance |
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Contents: | Preface |
Acknowledgements | |
List of Abbreviations | |
Chapter 1. 1900 | |
1962. From Planck to Bohr | |
Chapter 2. 1913. On the Constitution of Atoms and Molecules: Quantum Jumps and Epistemological Leaps | |
Chapter 3. 1925. Atomic Theory and Mechanics: From the Old Quantum Theory to Heisenbergs Quantum Mechanics | |
Chapter 4. 1927. The Quantum Postulate and the Recent Development of Atomic Theory (The Como Lecture): Complementarity vs. Causality | |
Chapter 5. 1929. The Quantum of Action and the Description of Nature: New Complementarities and a New Interpretation | |
Ch | |
ISBN: | 9781461445173 |
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Series: | SpringerBriefs in Physics, 2191-5423 |
Series: | Physics and Astronomy (Springer-11651) |
Keywords: | Science Philosophy , Quantum theory |
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Title: | Niels Bohr and Complementarity [electronic resource] |
Author(s): |
Arkady Plotnitsky |
Date: | 2012 |
Publisher: | Springer New York |
Size: | 1 online resource |
Note: | Brief |
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ISBN: | 9781461445166 |
Series: | SpringerBriefs in Physics |
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Keywords: | Quantum Physics , Philosophy of Science , History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics , Quantum Field Theories, String Theory |
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Title: | Rational Reconstructions of Modern Physics [electronic resource] |
Author(s): |
Peter Mittelstaedt |
Date: | 2011 |
Publisher: | Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands |
Size: | 1 online resource |
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Note: | Newtons classical physics and its underlying ontology are loaded with several metaphysical hypotheses that cannot be justified by rational reasoning nor by experimental evidence. Furthermore, it is well known that some ofthese hypotheses are not cont ained in the great theories of modern physics, such as the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. This book shows that, on the basis of Newtons classical physics and by rational reconstruction, thetheory of relativity as well as quantum mechanics can be obtained by partly eliminating or attenuating the metaphysical hypotheses. Moreover, it is shown that these reconstructions do not require additional hypotheses or newexperimental results |
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Contents: | Introduction |
Chapter 1: Rise and Fall of Physical Theories | |
The evolution of Modern Physics from the classical world | |
Intuitiveness and truth of Modern Physics | |
The new approach: Reduction of metaphysical hypotheses | |
Chapter 2 : Reconstruction of Special and General Relativity | |
Historical Development versus rational reconstruction | |
Reconstruction of Special Relativity | |
Space | |
time intervals and Relativistic Mechanics | |
The numerical value of the constant w | |
Could Special Relativity have been discovered already by Newton? A pseudo | |
historical digression | |
The attempt to reconstruct Ge | |
ISBN: | 9789400700772 |
Series: | e-books |
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Series: | Fundamental Theories of Physics : v169 |
Series: | Physics and Astronomy (Springer-11651) |
Keywords: | Science Philosophy |
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Title: | Elegance and Enigma [electronic resource] : The Quantum Interviews |
Author(s): |
Maximilian Schlosshauer |
Date: | 2011 |
Publisher: | Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg |
Size: | 1 online resource |
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Note: | Quantum mechanics is one of mankind's most remarkable intellectual achievements. Stunningly successful and elegant, it challenges our deepest intuitions about the world. In this book, seventeen physicists and philosophers, alldeeply concerned with un derstanding quantum mechanics, reply to Schlosshauer's penetrating questions about the central issues. They grant us an intimate look at their radically different ways of making sense of the theory'sstrangeness. What is quantum mechanics about? What is it telling us about nature? Can quantum information or new experiments help lift the fog? And where are we headed next? Everyone interested in the contemporary but oftenlongstanding conundrums of quantum theory, whether lay reader or expert, will find much food for thought in these pages. A wealth of personal reflections and anecdotes guarantee an engaging read. Participants: Guido Bacciagaluppi,Caslav Brukner, Jeffrey Bub, Arthur Fine, Christopher Fuchs, GianCarlo Ghirardi, Shelly Goldstein, Daniel Greenbe rger, Lucien Hardy, Anthony Leggett, Tim Maudlin, David Mermin, Lee Smolin, Antony Valentini, David Wallace, AntonZeilinger, and Wojciech Zurek |
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Contents: | First Encounters |
Big Issues | |
My Favorite Interpretation | |
Quantum States | |
Randomness | |
Quantum Probabilities | |
The Measurement Problem | |
Bell's Inequalities | |
Quantum Information | |
Reconstructions | |
The Experiment of My Dreams | |
Switching Sides | |
Beliefs and Values | |
The Role of Philosophy | |
Unification | |
The Next Big Bang | |
Dear Oracle | |
Epilogue | |
Glossary | |
Index | |
ISBN: | 9783642208805 |
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Keywords: | Science Philosophy , Quantum theory , Mathematics |
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Title: | The Wondrous Universe [electronic resource] Creation without Creator? |
Author(s): |
Gerhard Brner |
Date: | 2011 |
Publisher: | Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg : Imprint: Springer |
Size: | 1 online resource |
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Note: | The world as it is viewed from modern physics and cosmology has many strange and unexpected features. Often these are in stark contrast with our everyday experience or our preconceptions, such as the concept of space and time asfinite and changeable. Nevertheless it is this strange world which is the fundamental basis of our existence. Therefore modern science also has a few things to say about the age-old questions: Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? The author, an experienced s cientist and teacher, presents the knowledge that we have about our worldfor non-experts. He takes us on a journey through cosmology and the quantum world of elementary particles. Andhe sketches the impact of the insights gained into philosophical assumpt ions and religious beliefs in these disciplines. In the end he asks the speculative question whether there is something beyond the limits of the natural sciences.Gerhard Brner is a Professor of Physics at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich and co nducts research on the early universe and dark matter at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching near Munich. He received hisPhD for a thesis on particle physics under the supervision of Werner Heisenberg and Hans-Peter Drr. Professor Brner is the author of the successful graduate textbook The Early Universe (published by Springer and now in its 4thedition), as well as of several popular science books on cosmology. In 2009 he received the Chinese Academy of Sciences Award for International C ooperation in Science and Technology (together with Prof. Maurice-Roger Bonnet). In 2010he received the Friendship Award, and in January 2011 the Chinese governments National Award for Cooperation in Science and Technology, the highest honor bestowed on f oreigners |
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Contents: | 1 The Wondrous Universe |
2 The World at Large | |
3 The Deep Underground | |
4 Boundaries and Transgressions | |
ISBN: | 9783642201042 |
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Series: | Astronomers' Universe, 1614-659X |
Series: | Physics and Astronomy (Springer-11651) |
Keywords: | Philosophy , Science Philosophy , Astronomy , Quantum theory , Science (General) |
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Title: | The Pursuit of Quantum Gravity [electronic resource] Memoirs of Bryce DeWitt from 1946 to 2004 |
Author(s): |
Ccile DeWitt-Morette |
Date: | 2011 |
Publisher: | Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg |
Size: | 1 online resource |
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Note: | 1946 is the year Bryce DeWitt entered Harvard graduate school. Quantum Gravity was his goal and remained his goal throughout his lifetime until the very end. The pursuit of Quantum Gravity requires a profound understanding ofQuantum Physics and Gravi tation Physics. As G. A. Vilkovisky commented , Quantum Gravity is a combination of two words, and one should know both. Bryce understood this as nobody else, and this wisdom is completely unknown to manyauthors of the flux of papers that we see nowadays. Distingished physicist Cecile DeWitt-Morette skillfully blends her personal and scientific account with a wealth of her late husband's often unpublished writings on the subjectmatter. This volume, through the perspective of the leading researcher on quan tum gravity of his generation, will provide an invaluable source of reference for anyone working in the field. I found the book both instructive andfascinating. Bryce DeWitt and Ccile DeWitt-Morette formed the most creative couple in physics that I have e ver read about, heard about or, in this case, been privileged to know. Bryce started work on the problem of quantum gravity inthe late 1940s, long before it became fashionable, and continued to make trail-blazing contributions until his death. Ccile, supe rbly trained and gifted in mathematics as well as physics, made many contributions to other fields ofphysics and also collaborated with Bryce from time to time. Now she has memorialized him in a way that only she could, framing the documented story of his lifelong quest with an account from her unique vantage point. Fortunately, thisincludes a discussion of functional integration, a field in which her work is of fundamental significance. John Stachel, Director, Center for Einstein Studies, Boston Universi ty These wonderful memoirs were produced by DeWittspartner-in-life-and-science, Ccile Morette (pouse DeWitt). They contain extracts of DeWitts own writings, many of them gems, embedd |
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Contents: | I. Progress in Quantum Physics since the Lamb Shift calculations |
II. Progress in Gravitation since Black Holes came to preeminence | |
III. Bryce DeWitts Pursuit of Quantum Gravity | |
IV. Bibliography | |
ISBN: | 9783642142703 |
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Keywords: | Science Philosophy , Quantum theory |
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Title: | Higher Structures in Geometry and Physics [electronic resource] : In Honor of Murray Gerstenhaber and Jim Stasheff |
Author(s): |
Alberto S Cattaneo Anthony Giaquinto Ping Xu |
Date: | 2011 |
Publisher: | Boston : Birkhuser Boston |
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Note: | This book is centered around higher algebraic structures stemming from the work of Murray Gerstenhaber and Jim Stasheff that are now ubiquitous in various areas of mathematics such as algebra, algebraic topology, differentialgeometry, algebraic geome try, mathematical physics and in theoretical physics such as quantum field theory and string theory. These higher algebraic structures provide a common language essential in the study of deformationquantization, theory of algebroids and groupoids, symplec tic field theory, and much more. The ideas of higher homotopies and algebraic deformation have a growing number of theoretical applications and have played a prominent role inrecent mathematical advances. For example, algebraic versions of higher homotopi es have led eventually to the proof of the formality conjecture and the deformation quantization of Poisson manifolds. As observed in deformations anddeformation philosophy, a basic observation is that higher homotopy structures behave much better than st rict structures. Each contribution in this volume expands on the ideas of Gerstenhaber and Stasheff. Higher Structures in Geometryand Physics is intended for post-graduate students, mathematical and theoretical physicists, and mathematicians interested in higher structures. Contributors: L. Breen, A.S. Cattaneo, M. Cahen, V.A. Dolgushev, G. Felder, A. Giaquinto,S. Gutt, J. Huebschmann, T. Kadeishvili, H. Kajiura, B. Keller, Y. Kosmann-Schwarzbach, J.-L. Loday, S.A. Merkulov, D. Sternheimer, D.E. Tamarkin, C. Torossian, B.L. Tsygan, S. Waldmann, R.N. Umble |
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Contents: | Topics in Algebraic deformation theory |
Origins and breadth of the theory of higher homotopies | |
The deformation philosophy, quantization and noncommutative space | |
time structures | |
Differential geometry of Gerbes and differential forms | |
Symplectic connections of Ricci type and star products | |
Effective BatalinVilkovisky theories, equivariant configuration spaces and cyclic chains | |
Noncommutative calculus and the Gauss | |
Manin connection | |
The Lie algebra perturbation lemma | |
Twisting Elements in Homotopy G | |
algebras | |
Homological perturbation theory and homological mirror symmetry | |
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Keywords: | Mathematics , Geometry, algebraic , Group theory , Topological Groups , Mathematical physics |
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Title: | Space, Time, and Spacetime [electronic resource] : Physical and Philosophical Implications of Minkowski's Unification of Space and Time |
Author(s): |
Vesselin Petkov |
Date: | 2010 |
Publisher: | Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg : Imprint: Springer |
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Note: | This volume is dedicated to the centennial anniversary of Minkowski's discovery of spacetime. It contains selected papers by physicists and philosophers on the Nature and Ontology of Spacetime. The first six papers, comprisingPart I of the book, prov ide examples of the impact of Minkowski's spacetime representation of special relativity on the twentieth century physics. Part II also contains six papers which deal with implications of Minkowski's ideas forthe philosophy of space and time. The last par t is represented by two papers which explore the influence of Minkowski's ideas beyond the philosophy of space and time |
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Contents: | I.Minkowski's Representation of Special Relativity |
Examples of Its Impact on the Twentieth Century Physics | |
The Minkowskian Background of Whiteheads Theory of Gravitation | |
The Experimental Verdict on Spacetime from Gravity Probe B | |
Rigidity and the Ruler Hypothesis | |
Minkowski Space and Quantum Mechanics | |
Relativity and Quantum Field Theory | |
Ether, the Theory of Relativity and Quantum Physics | |
II: Implications of Minkowski's Ideas for the Philosophy of Space and Time | |
Minkowskis Proper Time and the Status of the Clock Hypothesis | |
Why Spacetime is not a Hidden Cause: A Rea | |
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Title: | Topics in Physical Mathematics [electronic resource] |
Author(s): |
Kishore Marathe |
Date: | 2010 |
Publisher: | London : Springer London : Imprint: Springer |
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Note: | The roots of physical mathematics can be traced back to the very beginning of man's attempts to understand nature. Indeed, mathematics and physics were part of what was called natural philosophy. Rapid growth of thephysical sciences, aided by technol ogical progress and increasing abstraction in mathematical research, caused a separation of the sciences and mathematics in the 20th century. Physicists methods were often rejected bymathematicians as imprecise, and mathematicians approach to physical the ories was not understood by the physicists. However, two fundamental physical theories, relativity and quantum theory, influenced new developments in geometry,functional analysis and group theory. The relation of Yang-Mills theory to the theory of connect ions in a fiber bundle discovered in the early 1980s has paid rich dividends to the geometric topology of low dimensional manifolds. Aimedat a wide audience, this self-contained book includes a detailed background from both mathematics and theoretical phy sics to enable a deeper understanding of the role that physical theories play in mathematics. Whilst the fieldcontinues to expand rapidly, it is not the intention of this book to cover its enormity. Instead, it seeks to lead the reader to their next point of exploration in this vast and exciting landscape |
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Contents: | Algebra |
Topology | |
Manifolds | |
Bundles and Connections | |
Characteristic Classes | |
Theory of Fields, I: Classical | |
Theory of Fields, II: Quantum and Topological | |
YangMillsHiggs Fields | |
4 | |
Manifold Invariants | |
3 | |
Manifold Invariants | |
Knot and Link Invariants | |
ISBN: | 9781848829398 |
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Keywords: | Mathematics , Field theory (Physics) , Global analysis , Global differential geometry , Topology , Cell aggregation Mathematics |
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Title: | Epistemology and Probability [electronic resource] : Bohr, Heisenberg, Schrdinger, and the Nature of Quantum-Theoretical Thinking |
Author(s): |
Arkady Plotnitsky |
Date: | 2010 |
Edition: | First |
Publisher: | New York, NY : Springer New York |
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Note: | Quantum mechanics, discovered by Werner Heisenberg and Erwin Schrdinger in 1925-1926, is famous for its radical implications for our conception of physics and for our view of human knowledge in general. While these implicationshave been seen as scien tifically productive and intellectually liberating to some, Niels Bohr and Heisenberg, among them, they have been troublesome to many others, including Schrdinger and, most famously, Albert Einstein. Thesituation led to the intense debate that started in the wake of its discovery and has continued into our own time, with no end appearing to be in sight. Epistemology and Probability aims to contribute to our understanding of quantummechanics and of the reasons for its extraordinary impact by reconsidering, under the rubric of nonclassical epistemology, the nature of epistemology and probability, and their relationships in quantum theory. The book bringstogether the thought of the three figures most responsible for the rise of quantum mechanicsHeisenberg an d Schrdinger, on the physical side, and Bohr, on the philosophical sidein order to develop a deeper sense of the physical,mathematical, and philosophical workings of quantum-theoretical thinking. Reciprocally, giving a special emphasis on probability and specifically to the Bayesian concept of probability allows the book to gain new insights into thethought of these figures. The book reconsiders, from this perspective, the Bohr-Einstein debate on the epistemology of quantum physics and, in particular, off ers a new treatment of the famous experiment of Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen(EPR), and of the Bohr-Einstein exchange concerning the subject. It also addresses the relevant aspects of quantum information theory and considers the implications of its episte mological argument for higher-level quantum theories,such as quantum field theory and string and brane theories. One of the main contributions of the book is its analysis of the role of ma |
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Contents: | Preface |
Introduction: Epistemology and Probability in Quantum Theory: Physics, Mathematics, and Philosophy | |
Quantum Phenomena and the Double | |
Slit Experiment | |
Heisenbergs Revolutions: New Kinematics, New Mathematics, and New Philosophy | |
From Geometry to Algebra in Physics, with Heisenberg | |
Schrdingers waves: Propagation and Probability | |
Bohrs Como Argument: Complementarity and the Problem of Causality | |
From Como to Copenhagen: Renunciations | |
Can Quantum | |
Mechanical Description of Physical Reality Be Considered Both Complete and Local? | |
Essential Ambiguity and Essent | |
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Keywords: | Genetic epistemology , Science Philosophy , Distribution (Probability theory) , Quantum theory |
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Title: | Entanglement, Information, and the Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics [electronic resource] |
Author(s): |
Gregg Jaeger |
Date: | 2009 |
Publisher: | Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg |
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Note: | This book explores the nature of quantum entanglement and quantum information and their role in the quantum world. Their relations to a number of key experiments and thought experiments in the history of quantum physics areconsidered, as is a range o f interpretations of quantum mechanics that have been put forward as a means of understanding the fundamental nature of microphysics - the traditionally accepted domain of quantum mechanics - and in somecases, the universe as a whole. In this way, the boo k reveals the deep significance of entanglement and quantum information for our understanding of the physical world. This book is a major accomplishment and invaluable contribution --Arkady Plotnitsky An encyclopedic treatment of conceptual quantum mechan ics as seen from a very up-to-date point of view --Tom Toffoli A mine of ideas for physicists, philosophers, and all intellectuals interested in this scientificrevolution -- Giacomo Mauro D'Ariano |
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Contents: | Quantum Entanglement |
Quantum Properties and Measurements | |
Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics | |
Quantum Information | |
Current Foundational Questions | |
ISBN: | 9783540921288 |
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Keywords: | Science Philosophy , Quantum theory , Quantum computing |
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Title: | Bohmian Mechanics [electronic resource] : The Physics and Mathematics of Quantum Theory |
Author(s): |
Stefan Teufel Detlef Drr |
Date: | 2009 |
Publisher: | Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg |
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Note: | Bohmian Mechanics was formulated in 1952 by David Bohm as a complete theory of quantum phenomena based on a particle picture. It was promoted some decades later by John S. Bell, who, intrigued by the manifestly nonlocal structureof the theory, was le d to his famous Bell's inequalities. Experimental tests of the inequalities verified that nature is indeed nonlocal. Bohmian mechanics has since then prospered as the straightforward completion of quantummechanics. This book provides a systematic introduc tion to Bohmian mechanics and to the mathematical abstractions of quantum mechanics, which range from the self-adjointness of the Schrdinger operator to scattering theory. Itexplains how the quantum formalism emerges when Boltzmann's ideas about statistic al mechanics are applied to Bohmian mechanics. The book is self-contained, mathematically rigorous and an ideal starting point for a fundamental approachto quantum mechanics. It will appeal to students and newcomers to the field, as well as to established scientists seeking a clear exposition of the theory |
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Contents: | Classical Physics |
Symmetry | |
Chance | |
Brownian motion | |
The Beginning of Quantum Theory | |
Schrdingers Equation | |
Bohmian Mechanics | |
The Macroscopic World | |
Nonlocality | |
The Wave Function and Quantum Equilibrium | |
From Physics to Mathematics | |
Hilbert Space | |
The Schrdinger Operator | |
Measures and Operators | |
Bohmian Mechanics on Scattering Theory | |
Epilogue | |
ISBN: | 9783540893448 |
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Keywords: | Science Philosophy , Functional analysis , Distribution (Probability theory) , Quantum theory , Mathematical physics , Statistical physics |
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Title: | Compendium of Quantum Physics [electronic resource] |
Author(s): |
Daniel Greenberger Klaus Hentschel Friedel Weinert |
Date: | 2009 |
Publisher: | Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg |
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Note: | With contributions by many of today's leading quantum physicists, philosophers and historians, including three Nobel laureates, this comprehensive A to Z of quantum physics provides a lucid understanding of the key concepts ofquantum theory and exper iment. It covers technical and interpretational aspects alike, and includes both traditional topics and newer areas such as quantum information and its relatives. The central concepts that have shapedcontemporary understanding of the quantum world are cle arly defined, with illustrations where helpful, and discussed at a level suitable for undergraduate and graduate students of physics, history of science, and philosophy of physics.All articles share three main aims: (1) to provide a clear definition and u nderstanding of the term concerned (2) where possible, to trace the historical origins of the concept and (3) to provide a small but optimal selection ofreferences to the most relevant literature, including pertinent historical studies. Also discussed are the often contentious philosophical implications derived from quantum theory and its associated experimental findings. Thiscompendium will be an indispensable resource for all those seeking concise up-to-date information about the many facets of quantum physics |
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Contents: | Contents: Preface |
Alphabetical Compendium of Terms | |
English | |
German | |
French Lexicon of Terms | |
Author Biographies | |
ISBN: | 9783540706267 |
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Keywords: | Chemistry , Science Philosophy , Mathematics , Quantum theory , Quantum computing , Physics History |
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Title: | David Hilbert's Lectures on the Foundations of Physics 1915-1927 [electronic resource] : Relativity, Quantum Theory and Epistemology |
Author(s): |
Tilman Sauer Ulrich Majer |
Date: | 2009 |
Publisher: | Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg |
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Note: | Volume 5 has three parts, dealing with General Relativity, Epistemological Issues, and Quantum Mechanics. The core of the first part is Hilberts two semester lecture course on The Foundations of Physics (1916/17). Thisis framed by Hilberts published First and Second Communications on the Foundations of Physics (1915, 1917) and by a selection of documents dealing with more specific topics like The Principle of Causality or alecture on the new concepts of space and time held in Bucharest in 1918. The e pistemological issues concern the intricate relation between nature and mathematical knowledge, in particular the question of irreversibility and objectivity(1921) as well as the subtle question whether what Hilbert calls the world equations are physicall y complete (1923). The last part deals with quantum theory in its early, advanced and mature stages. Hilbert held lecture courseson the mathematical foundations of quantum theory twice, before and after the breakthrough in 1926. These documents bear witne ss to one of the most dramatic changes in the foundations of science |
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Contents: | Mitteilungen |
The Foundations of Physics: The Lectures (19161917) | |
The Foundations of Physics: Specific Topics (1915?1918) | |
Epistemological Questions of Physics (1921 and 1923) | |
Lectures on Radiation and Quantum Theory (1912) | |
Lectures on Quantum Theory (192223 and 192627) | |
ISBN: | 9783540682424 |
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Keywords: | Mathematics , Science Philosophy , Mathematics_$xHistory , Quantum theory , Mechanics |
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Title: | Quantum Reality, Relativistic Causality, and Closing the Epistemic Circle [electronic resource] : Essays in Honour of Abner Shimony |
Author(s): |
Wayne C Myrvold Joy Christian |
Date: | 2009 |
Publisher: | Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands |
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Note: | In July 2006, a major international conference was held at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Canada, to celebrate the career and work of a remarkable man of letters. Abner Shimony, who is well known for hispioneering contributions to f oundations of quantum mechanics, is a physicist as well as a philosopher, and is highly respected among the intellectuals of both communities. In line with Shimonys conviction that philosophicalinvestigation is not to be divorced from theoretical and empi rical work in the sciences, the conference brought together leading theoretical physicists, experimentalists, as well as philosophers. This book collects twenty-threeoriginal essays stemming from the conference, on topics including history and methodology of science, Bell's theorem, probability theory, the uncertainty principle, stochastic modifications of quantum mechanics, and relativity theory.It ends with a transcript of a fascinating discussion between Lee Smolin and Shimony, ranging over the entire spectrum of Shimony's wide-ranging contributions to philosophy, science, and philosophy of science |
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Contents: | Passion at a Distance |
Philosophy, Methodology and History | |
Balancing Necessity and Fallibilism: Charles Sanders Peirce on the Status of Mathematics and its Intersection with the Inquiry into Nature | |
Newton's Methodology | |
Whitehead's Philosophy and Quantum Mechanics (QM) | |
Bohr and the Photon | |
Bell's Theorem and Nonlocality | |
Extending the Concept of an Element of Reality to Work with Inefficient Detectors | |
A General Proof of Nonlocality without Inequalities for Bipartite States | |
On the Separability of Physical Systems | |
Bell Inequalities: Many Questions, a Few Answers | |
ISBN: | 9781402091070 |
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Keywords: | Science Philosophy , Quantum theory |
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Title: | Arithmetical Investigations [electronic resource] : Representation Theory, Orthogonal Polynomials, and Quantum Interpolations |
Author(s): |
Shai M. J Haran |
Date: | 2008 |
Publisher: | Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg |
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Note: | In this volume the author further develops his philosophy of quantum interpolation between the real numbers and the p-adic numbers. The p-adic numbers contain the p-adic integers Zp which are the inverse limit of the finite ringsZ/pn. This gives rise to a tree, and probability measures w on Zp correspond to Markov chains on this tree. From the tree structure one obtains special basis for the Hilbert space L2(Zp,w). The real analogue of the p-adic integers isthe interval [-1,1], and a probability meas ure w on it gives rise to a special basis for L2([-1,1],w) - the orthogonal polynomials, and to a Markov chain on finite approximations of [-1,1]. For special (gamma and beta) measuresthere is a quantum or q-analogue Markov chain, and a special basis, tha t within certain limits yield the real and the p-adic theories. This idea can be generalized variously. In representation theory, it is the quantum generallinear group GLn(q)that interpolates between the p-adic group GLn(Zp), and between its real (and com plex) analogue -the orthogonal On (and unitary Un )groups. There is a similar quantum interpolation between the real and p-adic Fouriertransform and between the real and p-adic (local unramified part of) Tate thesis, and Weil explicit sums |
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Contents: | Introduction: Motivations from Geometry |
Gamma and Beta Measures | |
Markov Chains | |
Real Beta Chain and q | |
Interpolation | |
Ladder Structure | |
q | |
Interpolation of Local Tate Thesis | |
Pure Basis and Semi | |
Group | |
Higher Dimensional Theory | |
Real Grassmann Manifold | |
p | |
Adic Grassmann Manifold | |
q | |
Grassmann Manifold | |
Quantum Group Uq(su(1, 1)) and the q | |
Hahn Basis | |
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Series: | Lecture Notes in Mathematics, 0075-8434 : v1941 |
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Keywords: | Mathematics , Number theory |
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Title: | The Physical Basis of the Direction of Time [electronic resource] |
Author(s): |
H. Dieter Zeh |
Date: | 2007 |
Edition: | 5th edition |
Publisher: | Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg |
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Note: | This thoroughly revised 5th edition of Zeh's classic text investigates irreversible phenomena and their foundation in classical, quantum and cosmological settings. It includes new sections on the meaning of probabilities in acosmological context, irr eversible aspects of quantum computers, and various consequences of the expansion of the Universe. Many other sections have been rewritten. In particular, the book contains an analysis of the physical conceptof time, a detailed treatment of radiation damp ing as well as extended sections on quantum entanglement and decoherence, arrows of time hidden in various interpretations of quantum theory, and the emergence of time in quantum gravity.Both physicists and philosophers of science will find in this book a magnificent survey and a concise, technically sophisticated, up-to-date discussion which shows fine sensitivity to crucial conceptual subtleties. The discussion islucid and intuitive without glossing over the important details. Max Tegmark, MIT |
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Contents: | The Physical Concept of Time |
The Time Arrow of Radiation | |
The Thermodynamical Arrow of Time | |
The Quantum Mechanical Arrow of Time | |
The Time Arrow of Spacetime Geometry | |
The Time Arrow in Quantum Cosmology | |
Appendix: A Simple Numerical Toy Model | |
Epilogue | |
References | |
Subject Index | |
ISBN: | 9783540680017 |
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Keywords: | Science Philosophy , Quantum theory , Statistical physics , Relativity (Physics) |
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Title: | Particle Metaphysics [electronic resource] : A Critical Account of Subatomic Reality |
Author(s): |
Brigitte Falkenburg |
Date: | 2007 |
Publisher: | Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg |
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Note: | The empirical successes of atomic, nuclear, and particle physics have not reduced -- and may never fully resolve -- the philosophical controversies about the inner constitution of matter. This book examines these debates byexploring the particle conc ept in physics. Are the particles of modern physics real or are they fictitious entities, their existence deduced merely by the careless application of abstract theories? Or are the philosophers involvedin the debate about scientific realism dedicating th emselves to a problem that has long been solved by physicists? Studies of the experimental basis and theoretical relevance of the particle concept reveal that these questions arefar from easy to answer, because, since the introduction of quantum theory, p hysical science no longer possesses a single unambiguous particle concept. All those interested in the true meaning of such physical concepts will findthis book informative and thought provoking. It is written at a level accessible to scholars, students a nd teachers of science and philosophy |
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Contents: | Scientific Realism |
Extending Physical Reality | |
Particle Observation and Measurement | |
Probing Subatomic Structure | |
Measurement and the Unity of Physics | |
Metamorphoses of the Particle Concept | |
Wave | |
Particle Duality | |
Appendices | |
ISBN: | 9783540337324 |
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Keywords: | Quantum theory , Particles (Nuclear physics) |
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Title: | Quantum Mechanics at the Crossroads [electronic resource] : New Perspectives from History, Philosophy and Physics |
Author(s): |
James Evans Alan S Thorndike |
Date: | 2007 |
Publisher: | Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg |
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Note: | Quantum mechanics is a beautiful, strange and successful theory that originated in the 1920s. The theory, which Niels Bohr regarded as finished and complete, has in the last few decades rapidly developed in unexpected directions.An intense new focus on the stranger aspects of the theory, including entanglement and nonlocality, has resulted in new perceptions of the foundations of quantum mechanics, as well as surprising new exploitations of quantum phenomena.Historians and philosophers of science hav e also renewed their attention to quantum mechanics, opening up its human dimensions and asking searching questions about its meaning. This volume brings together new insights from differentvantage points: Historians of physics, such as J. L. Heilbron phi losophers of science, such as Abner Shimony and Michel Bitbol and quantum physicists, such as Wolfgang Ketterle and Roland Omns, join forces to tackle essentialquestions in quantum mechanics and its interpretation. All the authors have written for a broad readership, and the resulting volume will appeal to everyone wishing to keep abreast of new developments in quantum mechanics, as well asits history and philosophy |
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Contents: | From the contents: Introduction |
Max Planck's Compromises on the Way to and from the Absolute | |
Atomic Waves in Private Practice | |
A Complementary Opposition: Louis de Broglie and Werner Heisenberg | |
Schrdinger Against Particles and Quantum Jumps | |
Aspects of Nonlocality in Quantum Mechanics | |
Decoherence and the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics | |
What Are Consistent Histories? | |
Bose | |
Einstein Condensation: Identity Crisis for Indistinguishable Particles | |
Quantum Fluctuations of Light: A Modern Perspective on Wave/Particle Duality | |
Quantum Entanglement as a Resource for Communicat | |
ISBN: | 9783540326656 |
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Keywords: | Science Philosophy , Quantum theory , Physics History |
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Title: | Relativity and the Dimensionality of the World [electronic resource] |
Author(s): |
Vesselin Petkov |
Date: | 2007 |
Publisher: | Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands |
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Note: | All physicists would agree that one of the most fundamental problems of the 21st century physics is the dimensionality of the world. In the four-dimensional world of Minkowski (or Minkowski spacetime) the most challenging problemis the nature of the temporal dimension. In Minkowski spacetime it is merely one of the four dimensions, which means that it is entirely given like the other three spacial dimensions. If the temporal dimension were not given in itsentirety and only one constantly changing mom ent of it existed, Minkowski spacetime would be reduced to the ordinary three-dimensional space. But if the physical world, represented by Minkowski spacetime, is indeed four-dimensionalwith time being the fourth dimension, then such a world is drasticall y different from its image based on our perceptions. Minkowski four-dimensional world is a block Universe, a frozen world in which nothing happens since all momentsof time are given at once', which means that physical bodies are four-dimensional worldtube s containing the whole histories in time of the three-dimensional bodies of our everyday experience. The implications of a real Minkowskiworld for physics itself and especially for our world view are enormous. The main focus of this volume is the question : is spacetime nothing more than a mathematical space (which describes the evolution in time of the ordinarythree-dimensional world) or is it a mathematical model of a real four-dimensional world with time entirely given as the fourth dimension? It contai ns fourteen invited papers which either directly address the main question of the natureof spacetime or explore issues related to it. Audience Physicists and philosophers |
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Contents: | The Meaning of Dimensions |
Some Remarks on the Space | |
Time of Newton and Einstein | |
The Adventures of Space | |
Time | |
Physics in the Real Universe: Time and Space | |
Time | |
The Real World and Space | |
Time | |
Four | |
dimensional Reality and Determinism an Answer to Stein | |
Relativity, Dimensionality, and Existence | |
Canonical Relativity and the Dimensionality of the World | |
Relativity Theory Does Not Imply that the Future Already Exists: A Counterexample | |
Absolute Being versus Relative Becoming | |
An Argument for 4D Block World from a Geometric Interpretation of Nonrelativistic Quantum Mechanics | |
ISBN: | 9781402063183 |
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Series: | Fundamental Theories of Physics : v153 |
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Keywords: | Science Philosophy |
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Title: | Reading Bohr: Physics and Philosophy [electronic resource] |
Author(s): |
Arkady Plotnitsky |
Date: | 2006 |
Publisher: | Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands |
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Note: | Reading Bohr: Physics and Philosophy offers a new perspective on Niels Bohr's interpretation of quantum mechanics as complementarity, and on the relationships between physics and philosophy in Bohr's work, which has had momentoussignificance for our understanding of quantum theory and of the nature of knowledge in general. Philosophically, the book reassesses Bohr's place in the Western philosophical tradition, from Kant and Hegel on. Physically, itreconsiders the main issues at stake in the Bohr-Ein stein confrontation and in the ongoing debates concerning quantum physics. It also devotes greater attention than in most commentaries on Bohr to the key developments andtransformations of his thinking concerning complementarity. Most significant among th em were those that occurred, first, under the impact of Bohr's exchanges with Einstein and, second, under the impact of developments in quantum theoryitself, both quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. The importance of quantum field theory for Bohr' s thinking has not been adequately addressed in the literature on Bohr, to the considerable detriment to our understanding of thehistory of quantum physics. Filling this lacuna is one of the main contributions of the book, which also enables us to show wh y quantum field theory compels us to move beyond Bohr without, however, simply leaving him behind. Audience:While the book will be of particular interest to physicists, philosophers and historians of science, it is also aimed at a broader audience, especi ally graduate and undergraduate students, whom this book will help to develop a greaterappreciation of Bohr, physics, and philosophy |
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ISBN: | 9781402052545 |
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Series: | Fundamental Theories of Physics : v152 |
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Keywords: | Science Philosophy , Quantum theory , Physics History |
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Title: | The Structure of Physics [electronic resource] |
Author(s): |
Carl Friedrich von Weizscker Thomas Grnitz Holger Lyre |
Date: | 2006 |
Publisher: | Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands |
Size: | 1 online resource |
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Note: | Carl Friedrich von Weizsckers Aufbau der Physik, first published in 1985, was intended as an overview of his lifelong concern: an understanding of the unity of physics. That is, the idea of a quantum theory of binaryalternatives (the so-called ur-the ory), a unified quantum theoretical framework in which spinorial symmetry groups are considered to give rise to the structure of space and time. The book saw numerous reprints, but it was published inGerman only. The present edition, in English, provides a newly arranged and revised version, in which some original chapters and sections have been deleted, and a new chapter about further insights and results of ur-theoretic researchof the late 1980s and 1990s, mainly by the work of Thomas Grnitz, has been i ncluded, as well as a general introduction to Weizsckers Philosophy of Physics. Carl Friedrich von Weizscker also enjoys high esteem by a muchbroader audience for his socio-cultural, political and religious thoughts and writings. In him the intercultural and interdisciplinary dialogue has found one of its most important proponents: a great thinker who combines theperspectives of science, philosophy, religion and politics with a view towards the challenges as well as the responsibilities of our time |
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Contents: | The unity of physics |
The system of theories | |
Probability and abstract quantum theory | |
Quantum theory and spacetime | |
Models of particles and interaction | |
Cosmology and particle physics | |
Time and information | |
Irreversibility and entropy1 | |
Information and evolution | |
On the interpretation of physics | |
The problem of the interpretation of quantum theory | |
The stream of information | |
Beyond quantum theory | |
In the language of philosophers | |
ISBN: | 9781402052354 |
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Series: | Fundamental Theories of Physics : v155 |
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Keywords: | Science Philosophy , Quantum theory , Thermodynamics , Relativity (Physics) |
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Title: | Quantum Field Theory in a Semiotic Perspective [electronic resource] |
Author(s): |
Hans Gnter Dosch Volkhard F Mller Norman Sieroka |
Date: | 2005 |
Publisher: | Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg |
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Note: | Viewing physical theories as symbolic constructions came to the fore in the middle of the nineteenth century with the emancipation of the classical theory of the electromagnetic field from mechanics most notably this happenedthrough the work of Helmh oltz, Hertz, Poincar, and later Weyl. The epistemological problems that nourished this development are today highlighted within quantum field theory. The present essay starts off with a concise andnon-technical outline of the firmly based aspects of relat ivistic quantum field theory, i.e. the very successful description of subnuclear phenomena. The particular methods, by which these different aspects have to be accessed, thenget described as distinct facets of quantum field theory. The authors show how th ese different facets vary with respect to the relation between quantum fields and associated particles. Thus, by emphasising the respective role ofvarious basic concepts involved, the authors claim that only a very general epistemic approach can properly account for this diversity - an account they trace back to the philosophical writings of the aforementioned physicists andmathematicians. Finally, what they call their semiotic perspective on quantum field theory gets related to recent discussions within the philosophy of science and turns out to act as a counterbalance to, for instance, structuralrealism |
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Contents: | Introduction |
Relativistic Quantum Field Theories Viewed as Physical Theories | |
Particles and Fields | |
Theories of Signs and Symbols, and Structural Realism | |
A Theory of Symbols for Quantum Field Theory | |
Summary | |
References | |
Name Index | |
Subject Index | |
ISBN: | 9783540282129 |
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Series: | Schriften der Mathematisch-naturwissenschaftlichen Klasse der Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften Nr. 17 (2005) : v17 |
Series: | Physics and Astronomy (Springer-11651) |
Keywords: | Quantum theory , Quantum optics |
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Title: | The Scientist as Philosopher [electronic resource] Philosophical Consequences of Great Scientific Discoveries |
Author(s): |
Friedel Weinert |
Date: | 2005 |
Publisher: | Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg |
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Note: | How do major scientific discoveries reshape their originators, and our own, sense of reality and concept of the physical world? The Scientist as Philosopher explores the interaction between physics and philosophy. Clearlywritten and well illustrated, the book first places the scientist-philosophers in the limelight as we learn how their great scientific discoveries forced them to reconsider the time-honored notions with which science had described thenatural world. Then, the book explains that what w e understand by nature and science have undergone fundamental conceptual changes as a result of the discoveries of electromagnetism, thermodynamics and atomic structure. Even moredramatically, the quantum theory and special theory of relativity questioned traditional assumptions about causation and the passage of time. The author concludes that the dance between science and philosophy is an evolutionaryprocess, which will keep them forever entwined |
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Contents: | The Philosopher Scientist |
The Concept of Nature | |
Physical Understanding | |
The Scientist Philosopher | |
The Block Universe | |
Causation and Determinism | |
Conclusion | |
ISBN: | 9783540270317 |
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Keywords: | Science (General) , Mathematics |
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Title: | The Innermost Kernel [electronic resource] Depth Psychology and Quantum Physics. Wolfgang Paulis Dialogue with C.G. Jung |
Author(s): |
Suzanne Gieser |
Date: | 2005 |
Publisher: | Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg |
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Note: | The Innermost Kernel recounts the physicist and Nobel Laureate Wolfgang Pauli and his interest in Jungian psychology, philosophy and western world-view. It is also an exploration of the intellectual setting and context ofPauli's thinking, which has i ts starting point in the cultural and intellectual climate of fin-de-sicle Europe. As a contribution to the general history of quantum physics this study has a special focus on the psychological andphilosophical issues discussed by physicists belonging to the Copenhagen school. The work is mainly based on the correspondence of the principle characters and explores some of the central issues discussed there, as for instance thesubject-object relation, complementarity, the relation of conscious and unconsci ous, the process underlying concept-formation, the psychology of scientific discovery, the symbolic world of alchemy, the theories of archetypes and ofsynchronicity. Ultimately this book is about a remarkable scientist searching for a new understanding of the interrelatedness of man and world |
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ISBN: | 9783540269861 |
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Keywords: | Quantum theory , Science (General) |
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Title: | Challenges to the Second Law of Thermodynamics [electronic resource] : Theory and Experiment |
Author(s): |
Vladislav pek Daniel P Sheehan |
Date: | 2005 |
Publisher: | Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands |
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Note: | The second law of thermodynamics is considered one of the central laws of science, engineering and technology. For over a century it has been assumed to be inviolable by the scientific community. Over the last 10-20 years,however, more than two dozen challenges to it have appeared in the physical literature - more than during any other period in its 150-year history. The number and variety of these represent a cogent threat to its absolute status. Thisis the first book to document and critique these modern challenges. Written by two leading exponents of this rapidly emerging field, it covers the theoretical and experimental aspects of principal challenges. In addition, unresolvedfoundational issues concerning entropy and the second law are explored. This book should be of interest to anyone whose work or research is touched by the second law |
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Contents: | Entropy and the Second Law |
Challenges (18701980) | |
Modern Quantum Challenges: Theory | |
Low | |
Temperature Experiments and Proposals | |
Modern Classical Challenges | |
Gravitational Challenges | |
Chemical Nonequilibrium Steady States | |
Plasma Paradoxes | |
MEMS/NEMS Devices | |
Special Topics | |
ISBN: | 9781402030161 |
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Series: | Fundamental Theories of Physics, An International Book Series on The Fundamental Theories of Physics: Their Clarification, Development and Application : v146 |
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Keywords: | Science Philosophy , Statistical physics , Quantum optics |
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