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1 Primas, Hans Knowledge and Time I10262 2017 eBook  
2 Wuppuluri, Shyam Space, Time and the Limits of Human Understanding I10204 2017 eBook  
3 van Holten, Theo The Atomic World Spooky? It Ain't Necessarily So! I10170 2017 eBook  
4 Ellis, George How Can Physics Underlie the Mind? I10069 2016 eBook  
5 Chalmers, Alan F One Hundred Years of Pressure I09784 2017 eBook  
6 Wuppuluri, Shyam The Map and the Territory I09037 2018 eBook  
7 Jungnickel, Christa The Second Physicist I08935 2017 eBook  
8 Romero, Gustavo E Scientific Philosophy I08875 2018 eBook  
9 Ferrari, M Symbol and Physical Knowledge I10968 2002 eBook  
10 Frey, Ulrich J Homo Novus - A Human Without Illusions I08314 2010 eBook  
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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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TitleSpace, Time and the Limits of Human Understanding
Author(s)Wuppuluri, Shyam;Ghirardi, Giancarlo
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2017.
DescriptionXXIII, 530 p. 51 illus : online resource
Abstract NoteIn this compendium of essays, some of the world???s leading thinkers discuss their conceptions of space and time, as viewed through the lens of their own discipline. With an epilogue on the limits of human understanding, this volume hosts contributions from six or more diverse fields. It presumes only rudimentary background knowledge on the part of the reader. Time and again, through the prism of intellect, humans have tried to diffract reality into various distinct, yet seamless, atomic, yet holistic, independent, yet interrelated disciplines and have attempted to study it contextually. Philosophers debate the paradoxes, or engage in meditations, dialogues and reflections on the content and nature of space and time. Physicists, too, have been trying to mold space and time to fit their notions concerning micro- and macro-worlds. Mathematicians focus on the abstract aspects of space, time and measurement. While cognitive scientists ponder over the perceptual and experiential facets of our consciousness of space and time, computer scientists theoretically and practically try to optimize the space-time complexities in storing and retrieving data/information. The list is never-ending. Linguists, logicians, artists, evolutionary biologists, geographers etc., all are trying to weave a web of understanding around the same duo. However, our endeavour into a world of such endless imagination is restrained by intellectual dilemmas such as: Can humans comprehend everything? Are there any limits? Can finite thought fathom infinity? We have sought far and wide among the best minds to furnish articles that provide an overview of the above topics. We hope that, through this journey, a symphony of patterns and tapestry of intuitions will emerge, providing the reader with insights into the questions: What is Space? What is Time? Chapter [15] of this book is available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.
ISBN,Price9783319444185
Keyword(s)1. Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory 2. COSMOLOGY 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. EPISTEMOLOGY 6. GRAVITATION 7. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 8. METAPHYSICS 9. PHYSICS
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TitleThe Atomic World Spooky? It Ain't Necessarily So! : Emergent Quantum Mechanics, How the Classical Laws of Nature Can Conspire to Cause Quantum-Like Behaviour
Author(s)van Holten, Theo
PublicationParis, 1. Atlantis Press 2. Imprint: Atlantis Press, 2017.
DescriptionXX, 561 p. 241 illus., 191 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThe present book takes the discovery that quantum-like behaviour is not solely reserved to atomic particles one step further. If electrons are modelled as vibrating droplets instead of the usually assumed point objects, and if the classical laws of nature are applied, then exactly the same behaviour as in quantum theory is found, quantitatively correct! The world of atoms is strange and quantum mechanics, the theory of this world, is almost magic. Or is it? Tiny droplets of oil bouncing round on a fluid surface can also mimic the world of quantum mechanics. For the layman - for whom the main part of this book is written - this is good news. If the everyday laws of nature can conspire to show up quantum-like phenomena, there is hope to form mental pictures how the atomic world works. The book is almost formula-free, and explains everything by using many sketches and diagrams. The mathematical derivations underlying the main text are kept separate in a -peer reviewed - appendix. The author, a retired professor of Flight Mechanics and Propulsion at the Delft University of Technology, chose to publish his findings in this mixed popular and scientific form, because he found that interested laymen more often than professional physicists feel the need to form visualisations of quantum phenomena
ISBN,Price9789462392342
Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - SPRINGER 3. EPISTEMOLOGY 4. PHYSICS 5. Popular Science in Physics 6. QUANTUM PHYSICS
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TitleHow Can Physics Underlie the Mind? : Top-Down Causation in the Human Context
Author(s)Ellis, George
PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2016.
DescriptionXXVI, 482 p. 36 illus : online resource
Abstract NotePhysics underlies all complexity, including our own existence: how is this possible? How can our own lives emerge from interactions of electrons, protons, and neutrons? This book considers the interaction of physical and non-physical causation in complex systems such as living beings, and in particular in the human brain, relating this to the emergence of higher levels of complexity with real causal powers. In particular it explores the idea of top-down causation, which is the key effect allowing the emergence of true complexity and also enables the causal efficacy of non-physical entities, including the value of money, social conventions, and ethical choices
ISBN,Price9783662498095
Keyword(s)1. COMPLEX SYSTEMS 2. DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. EPISTEMOLOGY 6. Evolutionary Biology 7. NEUROBIOLOGY 8. Neurosciences 9. STATISTICAL PHYSICS 10. Statistical Physics and Dynamical Systems
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TitleOne Hundred Years of Pressure : Hydrostatics from Stevin to Newton
Author(s)Chalmers, Alan F
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2017.
DescriptionIX, 197 p. 14 illus : online resource
Abstract NoteThis monograph investigates the development of hydrostatics as a science. In the process, it sheds new light on the nature of science and its origins in the Scientific Revolution. Readers will come to see that the history of hydrostatics reveals subtle ways in which the science of the seventeenth century differed from previous periods. The key, the author argues, is the new insights into the concept of pressure that emerged during the Scientific Revolution. This came about due to contributions from such figures as Simon Stevin, Pascal, Boyle and Newton. The author compares their work with Galileo and Descartes, neither of whom grasped the need for a new conception of pressure. As a result, their contributions to hydrostatics were unproductive. The story ends with Newton insofar as his version of hydrostatics set the subject on its modern course. He articulated a technical notion of pressure that was up to the task. Newton compared the mathematical way in hydrostatics and the experimental way, and sided with the former. The subtleties that lie behind Newton's position throws light on the way in which developments in seventeenth-century science simultaneously involved mathematization and experimentation. This book serves as an example of the degree of conceptual change that new sciences often require. It will be of interest to those involved in the study of history and philosophy of science. It will also appeal to physicists as well as interested general readers
ISBN,Price9783319565293
Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - SPRINGER 3. EPISTEMOLOGY 4. HISTORY 5. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 6. History of Mathematical Sciences 7. MATHEMATICS 8. Philosophical and Historical Foundations of Science 9. Philosophy and science 10. PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 11. PHYSICS 12. Science???History 13. Science???Philosophy
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TitleThe Map and the Territory : Exploring the Foundations of Science, Thought and Reality
Author(s)Wuppuluri, Shyam;Doria, Francisco Antonio
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2018.
DescriptionXXIII, 641 p. 28 illus : online resource
Abstract NoteThe Map/Territory distinction is a foundational part of the scientific method and, in fact, underlies all of thought, and even reality itself. This fascinating and fundamental topic is addressed here by some of the world???s leading thinkers and intellectual giants, whose accessible essays cover six and more fields of endeavor. It is imperative to distinguish the Map from the Territory when analyzing any subject, yet we often mistake the map for the territory; the meaning for the reference; a computational tool for what it computes. Representations are so handy and tempting that we often end up committing the category error of over-associating the representation with the thing it represents, so much so that the distinction between them is lost. This error, whose roots frequently lie in pedagogy, generates a plethora of paradoxes/confusions which hinder a proper understanding of the subject. What are wave functions? Fields? Forces? Numbers? Sets? Classes? Operators? Functions? Alphabets and Sentences? Are they a part of our map (theory/representation)? Or do they actually belong to the territory (reality)? A researcher, like a cartographer, clothes (or creates?) the reality by stitching together numerous co-existing maps. Is there a reality out there apart from these maps? How do these various maps interact or combine with each other to produce a coherent reality that we interact with? Or do they not? Does our brain use its own internal maps to facilitate the ???physicist/mathematician??? in us to construct, in turn, the maps about the external realm? If so, what is the nature of these internal maps? Are there meta-maps? Evolution definitely fences in our perception and thereby our ability to construct maps, revealing to us only those aspects beneficial for our survival. But to what extent? Is there a way out of this metaphorical Plato???s cave erected around us by the nature? Alfred Korzybski once remarked ???The Map is not the Territory???: Join us in this journey to explore the many questions, concepts and interpretations that this claim engenders.
ISBN,Price9783319724782
Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - SPRINGER 3. EPISTEMOLOGY 4. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 5. MATHEMATICAL LOGIC 6. Mathematical Logic and Foundations 7. Philosophical and Historical Foundations of Science 8. PHILOSOPHY 9. PHYSICS 10. Popular Science in Philosophy 11. Science???History 12. Science???Philosophy
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TitleThe Second Physicist : On the History of Theoretical Physics in Germany
Author(s)Jungnickel, Christa;McCormmach, Russell
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2017.
DescriptionXXXI, 460 p. 15 illus : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book explores the rise of theoretical physics in 19th century Germany. The authors show how the junior second physicist in German universities over time became the theoretical physicist, of equal standing to the experimental physicist. Gustav Kirchhoff, Hermann von Helmholtz, and Max Planck are among the great German theoretical physicists whose work and career are examined in this book. Physics was then the only natural science in which theoretical work developed into a major teaching and research specialty in its own right. Readers will discover how German physicists arrived at a well-defined field of theoretical physics with well understood and generally accepted goals and needs. The authors explain the nature of the work of theoretical physics with many examples, taking care always to locate the research within the workplace. The book is a revised and shortened version of Intellectual Mastery of Nature: Theoretical Physics from Ohm to Einstein, a two-volume work by the same authors. This new edition represents a reformulation of the larger work. It retains what is most important in the original work, while including new material, sharpening discussions, and making the research more accessible to readers. It presents a thorough examination of a seminal era in physics
ISBN,Price9783319495651
Keyword(s)1. Applications of Mathematics 2. APPLIED MATHEMATICS 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS 6. EPISTEMOLOGY 7. HISTORY 8. HISTORY OF SCIENCE 9. MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS 10. Theoretical, Mathematical and Computational Physics
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TitleScientific Philosophy
Author(s)Romero, Gustavo E
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2018.
DescriptionXIX, 188 p. 8 illus : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book presents the basics of philosophy that are necessary for the student and researcher in science in order to better understand scientific work. The approach is not historical but formative: tools for semantical analysis, ontology of science, epistemology, and scientific ethics are presented in a formal and direct way. The book has two parts: one with the general theory and a second part with application to some problems such as the interpretation of quantum mechanics, the nature of mathematics, and the ontology of spacetime. The book addresses questions such as "What is meaning?", "What is truth?", "What are truth criteria in science?", "What is a theory?", "What is a model?" "What is a datum?", "What is information?", "What does it mean to understand something?", "What is space?", "What is time?", "How are these concepts articulated in science?" "What are values?" "What are the limits of science?", and many more. The philosophical views presented are "scientific" in the sense that they are informed by current science, they are relevant for scientific research, and the method adopted uses the hypothetical-deductive approach that is characteristic of science. The results and conclusions, as any scientific conclusion, are open to revision in the light of future advances. Hence, this philosophical approach opposes to dogmatic philosophy. Supported by end-of-chapter summaries and a list of special symbols used, the material will be of interest for students and researchers in both science and philosophy. The second part will appeal to physicists and mathematicians
ISBN,Price9783319976310
Keyword(s)1. ASTRONOMY 2. Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology 3. ASTROPHYSICS 4. EBOOK 5. EBOOK - SPRINGER 6. EPISTEMOLOGY 7. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 8. MATHEMATICAL LOGIC 9. Mathematical Logic and Foundations 10. PHYSICS 11. QUANTUM PHYSICS 12. RESEARCH ETHICS 13. Research???Moral and ethical aspects
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TitleSymbol and Physical Knowledge : On the Conceptual Structure of Physics
Author(s)Ferrari, M;Stamatescu, I.-O
PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2002.
DescriptionXV, 230 p. 1 illus : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book tackles the question of the symbolic structure of physics, a topic which is implicit in any theory of knowledge, but one that often seems to be ignored as an explicit and central element in today's epistemological debates. The elucidation of this problem should benefit a number of ongoing discussions and can help to avoid much recurring confusion. The contributions to the book have been chosen so as to provide a coherent view, ultimately addressing the relation between the concepts used in science and the real world. The first part provides an introduction to the problem as it arises in physics, and to the modern history of symbols. The subject of the second part is the epistemological discussion taking place between physicists and philosophers about the role of symbols in our knowledge of Nature. The third part addresses key issues related to the methodology of physics and the character of its symbolic structures. The aim of this book is to provide a consistent, if not comprehensive, view, emphasizing aspects that are paradigmatic for the natural sciences as a whole
ISBN,Price9783662048559
Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - SPRINGER 3. EPISTEMOLOGY 4. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 5. Philosophy and science 6. PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 7. PHYSICS
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TitleHomo Novus - A Human Without Illusions
Author(s)Frey, Ulrich J;St??rmer, Charlotte;Willf??hr, Kai P
PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2010.
DescriptionXIV, 291 p : online resource
Abstract NoteConverging evidence from disciplines including sociobiology, evolutionary psychology and human biology forces us to adopt a new idea of what it means to be a human. As cherished concepts such as free will, na??ve realism, humans as creation's crowning glory fall and our moral roots in ape group dynamics become clearer, we have to take leave of many concepts that have been central to defining our humanness. What emerges is a new human, the homo novus, a human being without illusions. Leading authors from many different fields explore these issues by addressing these illusions and providing evidence for the need to switch to this new idea of man, in spite of understandable reluctance to let go of our most beloved illusions
ISBN,Price9783642121425
Keyword(s)1. ANTHROPOLOGY 2. Cognitive psychology 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. EPISTEMOLOGY 6. Evolutionary Biology 7. Popular Science in Psychology 8. PSYCHOLOGY 9. Sociology 10. Sociology, general
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