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1 Weinert, Friedel The Demons of Science I10450 2016 eBook  
2 Bricmont, Jean Making Sense of Quantum Mechanics I10440 2016 eBook  
3 d'Espagnat, Bernard The Quantum World I10434 2017 eBook  
4 Norsen, Travis Foundations of Quantum Mechanics I10427 2017 eBook  
5 Kuehn, Kerry A Student's Guide Through the Great Physics Texts I10276 2016 eBook  
6 Primas, Hans Knowledge and Time I10262 2017 eBook  
7 Franklin, Allan The Rise and Fall of the Fifth Force I10212 2016 eBook  
8 Bertlmann, Reinhold Quantum [Un]Speakables II I10179 2017 eBook  
9 Nahin, Paul J Time Machine Tales I10155 2017 eBook  
10 Aguirre, Anthony Trick or Truth? I10112 2016 eBook  
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TitleThe Demons of Science : What They Can and Cannot Tell Us About Our World
Author(s)Weinert, Friedel
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2016.
DescriptionIX, 251 p. 40 illus., 8 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book is the first all-encompassing exploration of the role of demons in philosophical and scientific thought experiments. In Part I, the author explains the importance of thought experiments in science and philosophy. Part II considers Laplace???s Demon, whose claim is that the world is completely deterministic. Part III introduces Maxwell???s Demon, who - by contrast - experiences a world that is probabilistic and indeterministic. Part IV explores Nietzsche???s thesis of the cyclic and eternal recurrence of events. In each case a number of philosophical consequences regarding determinism and indeterminism, the arrows of time, the nature of the mind and free will are said to follow from the Demons???s worldviews. The book investigates what these Demons - and others - can and cannot tell us about our world.
ISBN,Price9783319317083
Keyword(s)1. COSMOLOGY 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - SPRINGER 4. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 5. Philosophy and science 6. PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 7. PHYSICS 8. Popular Science in Physics
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TitleMaking Sense of Quantum Mechanics
Author(s)Bricmont, Jean
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2016.
DescriptionX, 331 p. 26 illus., 25 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book explains, in simple terms, with a minimum of mathematics, why things can appear to be in two places at the same time, why correlations between simultaneous events occurring far apart cannot be explained by local mechanisms, and why, nevertheless, the quantum theory can be understood in terms of matter in motion. No need to worry, as some people do, whether a cat can be both dead and alive, whether the moon is there when nobody looks at it, or whether quantum systems need an observer to acquire definite properties. The author???s inimitable and even humorous style makes the book a pleasure to read while bringing a new clarity to many of the longstanding puzzles of quantum physics
ISBN,Price9783319258898
Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - SPRINGER 3. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 4. Philosophy and science 5. PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 6. PHYSICS 7. QUANTUM PHYSICS
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TitleThe Quantum World : Philosophical Debates on Quantum Physics
Author(s)d'Espagnat, Bernard;Zwirn, Herv??
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2017.
DescriptionXVII, 299 p. 11 illus : online resource
Abstract NoteIn this largely nontechnical book, eminent physicists and philosophers address the philosophical impact of recent advances in quantum physics. These are shown to shed new light on profound questions about realism, determinism, causality or locality. The participants contribute in the spirit of an open and honest discussion, reminiscent of the time when science and philosophy were inseparable. After the editors??? introduction, the next chapter reveals the strangeness of quantum mechanics and the subsequent discussions examine our notion of reality. The spotlight is then turned to the topic of decoherence. Bohm???s theory is critically examined in two chapters, and the relational interpretation of quantum mechanics is likewise described and discussed. The penultimate chapter presents a proposal for resolving the measurement problem, and finally the topic of loop quantum gravity is presented by one of its founding fathers, Carlo Rovelli. The original presentations and discussions on which this volume is based took place under the auspices of the French ???Acad??mie des Sciences Morales et Politiques???. The book will appeal to everybody interested in knowing how our description of the world is impacted by the results of the most powerful and successful theory that physicists have ever built
ISBN,Price9783319554204
Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - SPRINGER 3. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 4. Philosophy and science 5. PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 6. PHYSICS 7. Popular Science in Physics 8. QUANTUM PHYSICS
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TitleFoundations of Quantum Mechanics : An Exploration of the Physical Meaning of Quantum Theory
Author(s)Norsen, Travis
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2017.
DescriptionXV, 310 p. 70 illus., 12 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteAuthored by an acclaimed teacher of quantum physics and philosophy, this textbook pays special attention to the aspects that many courses sweep under the carpet. Traditional courses in quantum mechanics teach students how to use the quantum formalism to make calculations. But even the best students - indeed, especially the best students - emerge rather confused about what, exactly, the theory says is going on, physically, in microscopic systems. This supplementary textbook is designed to help such students understand that they are not alone in their confusions (luminaries such as Albert Einstein, Erwin Schroedinger, and John Stewart Bell having shared them), to sharpen their understanding of the most important difficulties associated with interpreting quantum theory in a realistic manner, and to introduce them to the most promising attempts to formulate the theory in a way that is physically clear and coherent. The text is accessible to students with at least one semester of prior exposure to quantum (or "modern") physics and includes over a hundred engaging end-of-chapter "Projects" that make the book suitable for either a traditional classroom or for self-study.
ISBN,Price9783319658674
Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - SPRINGER 3. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 4. Philosophy and science 5. PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 6. PHYSICS 7. QUANTUM PHYSICS
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TitleA Student's Guide Through the Great Physics Texts : Volume III: Electricity, Magnetism and Light
Author(s)Kuehn, Kerry
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2016.
DescriptionXXVI, 471 p. 176 illus., 5 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book provides a chronological introduction to the electromagnetic theory of light, using selected extracts from classic texts such as Gilbert???s De Magnete, Franklin???s Experiments and Observations on Electricity, and Huygens??? Treatise on Light. Particular attention is given to the works of Faraday, Maxwell and Heaviside, scientists who unified the formerly separate disciplines of electricity, magnetism and light. Their electromagnetic theory???developed during the 19th century???would lead to the invention of modern radar, electrical power grids, and telecommunication networks. Each chapter of this book begins with a short introduction followed by a reading selection. Carefully crafted study questions draw out key points in the text and focus the reader???s attention on the author???s methods, analysis and conclusions. Numerical and laboratory exercises at the end of each chapter test the reader???s ability to understand and apply key concepts from the text. Electricity, Magnetism and Light is the third of four volumes in A Student???s Guide through the Great Physics Texts. This book grew out of a four-semester undergraduate physics curriculum designed to encourage a critical and circumspect approach to natural science while at the same time preparing students for advanced coursework in physics. This book is particularly suitable as a college-level textbook for students of the natural sciences, history or philosophy. It can also serve as a textbook for advanced high-school or home-schooled students, or as a thematically-organized source-book for scholars and motivated lay-readers. In studying the classic scientific texts included herein, the reader will be drawn toward a lifetime of contemplation.
ISBN,Price9783319218168
Keyword(s)1. Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma Physics 2. ATOMS 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 6. LASERS 7. Optics, Lasers, Photonics, Optical Devices 8. Philosophy and science 9. PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 10. PHOTONICS 11. PHYSICS
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TitleKnowledge and Time
Author(s)Primas, Hans;Atmanspacher, Harald
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2017.
DescriptionXV, 427 p. 38 illus., 10 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis is a unique volume by a unique scientist, which combines conceptual, formal, and engineering approaches in a way that is rarely seen. Its core is the relation between ways of learning and knowing on the one hand and different modes of time on the other. Partial Boolean logic and the associated notion of complementarity are used to express this relation, and mathematical tools of fundamental physics are used to formalize it. Along the way many central philosophical problems are touched and addressed, above all the mind-body problem. Completed only shortly before the death of the author, the text has been edited and annotated by the author's close collaborator Harald Atmanspacher
ISBN,Price9783319473703
Keyword(s)1. Cognitive psychology 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - SPRINGER 4. EPISTEMOLOGY 5. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 6. Philosophy and science 7. PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 8. PHYSICS 9. PROBABILITIES 10. Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes
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TitleThe Rise and Fall of the Fifth Force : Discovery, Pursuit, and Justification in Modern Physics
Author(s)Franklin, Allan;Fischbach, Ephraim
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2016.
DescriptionXII, 249 p. 93 illus., 4 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book provides the reader with a detailed and captivating account of the story where, for the first time, physicists ventured into proposing a new force of nature beyond the four known ones - the electromagnetic, weak and strong forces, and gravitation - based entirely on the reanalysis of existing experimental data. Back in 1986, Ephraim Fischbach, Sam Aronson, Carrick Talmadge and their collaborators proposed a modification of Newton???s Law of universal gravitation. Underlying this proposal were three tantalizing pieces of evidence: 1) an energy dependence of the CP (particle-antiparticle and reflection symmetry) parameters, 2) differences between the measurements of G, the universal gravitational constant, in laboratories and in mineshafts, and 3) a reanalysis of the E??tvos experiment, which had previously been used to show that the gravitational mass of an object and its inertia mass were equal to approximately one part in a billion. The reanalysis revealed that, contrary to Galileo???s position, the force of gravity was in fact very slightly different for different substances. The resulting Fifth Force hypothesis included this composition dependence and also added a small distance dependence to the inverse-square gravitational force. Over the next four years numerous experiments were performed to test the hypothesis. By 1990 there was overwhelming evidence that the Fifth Force, as initially proposed, did not exist. This book discusses how the Fifth Force hypothesis came to be proposed and how it went on to become a showcase of discovery, pursuit and justification in modern physics, prior to its demise. In this new and significantly expanded edition, the material from the first edition is complemented by two essays, one containing Fischbach???s personal reminiscences of the proposal, and a second on the ongoing history and impact of the Fifth Force hypothesis from 1990 to the present. <
ISBN,Price9783319284125
Keyword(s)1. Astronomy, Observations and Techniques 2. Astronomy???Observations 3. Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory 4. EBOOK 5. EBOOK - SPRINGER 6. GRAVITATION 7. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 8. Measurement Science and Instrumentation 9. Measurement?????? 10. Observations, Astronomical 11. Philosophy and science 12. PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 13. PHYSICAL MEASUREMENTS 14. PHYSICS
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TitleQuantum [Un]Speakables II : Half a Century of Bell's Theorem
Author(s)Bertlmann, Reinhold;Zeilinger, Anton
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2017.
DescriptionXVII, 533 p. 200 illus., 87 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis self-contained essay collection is published to commemorate half a century of Bell???s theorem. Like its much acclaimed predecessor ???Quantum [Un]Speakables: From Bell to Quantum Information??? (published 2002), it comprises essays by many of the worlds leading quantum physicists and philosophers. These revisit the foundations of quantum theory as well as elucidating the remarkable progress in quantum technologies achieved in the last couple of decades. Fundamental concepts such as entanglement, nonlocality and contextuality are described in an accessible manner and, alongside lively descriptions of the various theoretical and experimental approaches, the book also delivers interesting philosophical insights. The collection as a whole will serve as a broad introduction for students and newcomers as well as delighting the scientifically literate general reader
ISBN,Price9783319389875
Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - SPRINGER 3. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 4. Philosophy and science 5. PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 6. PHYSICS 7. QUANTUM COMPUTERS 8. Quantum computing 9. Quantum Information Technology, Spintronics 10. QUANTUM PHYSICS 11. SPINTRONICS
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TitleTime Machine Tales : The Science Fiction Adventures and Philosophical Puzzles of Time Travel
Author(s)Nahin, Paul J
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2017.
DescriptionXLIX, 383 p. 53 illus., 3 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book contains a broad overview of time travel in science fiction, along with a detailed examination of the philosophical implications of time travel. The emphasis of this book is now on the philosophical and on science fiction, rather than on physics, as in the author's earlier books on the subject. In that spirit there are, for example, no Tech Notes filled with algebra, integrals, and differential equations, as there are in the first and second editions of TIME MACHINES. Writing about time travel is, today, a respectable business. It hasn???t always been so. After all, time travel, prima facie, appears to violate a fundamental law of nature; every effect has a cause, with the cause occurring before the effect. Time travel to the past, however, seems to allow, indeed to demand, backwards causation, with an effect (the time traveler emerging into the past as he exits from his time machine) occurring before its cause (the time traveler pushing the start button on his machine???s control panel to start his trip backward through time). Time Machine Tales includes new discussions of the advances by physicists and philosophers that have appeared since the publication of TIME MACHINES in 1999, examples of which are the chapters on time travel paradoxes. Those chapters have been brought up-to-date with the latest philosophical thinking on the paradoxes. Paul Nahin is THE authority on the intricate physics of time travel, paradoxes and all. He makes the field as clear as it can be. ??? Gregory Benford, author of Timescape
ISBN,Price9783319488646
Keyword(s)1. Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - SPRINGER 4. GRAVITATION 5. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 6. PHILOSOPHY 7. Philosophy and science 8. PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 9. PHYSICS 10. Popular Science in Philosophy 11. Popular Science in Physics
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TitleTrick or Truth? : The Mysterious Connection Between Physics and Mathematics
Author(s)Aguirre, Anthony;Foster, Brendan;Merali, Zeeya
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2016.
DescriptionVIII, 250 p. 20 illus., 12 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThe prize-winning essays in this book address the fascinating but sometimes uncomfortable relationship between physics and mathematics. Is mathematics merely another natural science? Or is it the result of human creativity? Does physics simply wear mathematics like a costume, or is math the lifeblood of physical reality? The nineteen wide-ranging, highly imaginative and often entertaining essays are enhanced versions of the prize-winning entries to the FQXi essay competition ???Trick or Truth???, which attracted over 200 submissions. The Foundational Questions Institute, FQXi, catalyzes, supports, and disseminates research on questions at the foundations of physics and cosmology, particularly new frontiers and innovative ideas integral to a deep understanding of reality, but unlikely to be supported by conventional funding sources
ISBN,Price9783319274959
Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - SPRINGER 3. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 4. Mathematical Applications in the Physical Sciences 5. MATHEMATICAL LOGIC 6. Mathematical Logic and Foundations 7. MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS 8. Philosophy and science 9. PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 10. PHYSICS
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