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11 Durham, Ian T Information and Interaction I10098 2017 eBook  
12 Plotnitsky, Arkady The Principles of Quantum Theory, From Planck's Quanta to the Higgs Boson I10089 2016 eBook  
13 Hofer-Szab??, G??bor Quantum Theory and Local Causality I09915 2018 eBook  
14 Kragh, Helge From Transuranic to Superheavy Elements I09913 2018 eBook  
15 Dassonville, Patrice F The Invention of Time and Space I09856 2017 eBook  
16 Friebe, Cord The Philosophy of Quantum Physics I09820 2018 eBook  
17 Rowe, David E Beyond Einstein I09813 2018 eBook  
18 Osterhage, Wolfgang W Galileo Galilei I09807 2018 eBook  
19 Chalmers, Alan F One Hundred Years of Pressure I09784 2017 eBook  
20 Beisbart, Claus Thinking About Space and Time I09723 2020 eBook  
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TitleInformation and Interaction : Eddington, Wheeler, and the Limits of Knowledge
Author(s)Durham, Ian T;Rickles, Dean
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2017.
DescriptionXXIII, 212 p. 22 illus., 11 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteIn this essay collection, leading physicists, philosophers, and historians attempt to fill the empty theoretical ground in the foundations of information and address the related question of the limits to our knowledge of the world. Over recent decades, our practical approach to information and its exploitation has radically outpaced our theoretical understanding - to such a degree that reflection on the foundations may seem futile. But it is exactly fields such as quantum information, which are shifting the boundaries of the physically possible, that make a foundational understanding of information increasingly important. One of the recurring themes of the book is the claim by Eddington and Wheeler that information involves interaction and putting agents or observers centre stage. Thus, physical reality, in their view, is shaped by the questions we choose to put to it and is built up from the information residing at its core. This is the root of Wheeler???s famous phrase ???it from bit.??? After reading the stimulating essays collected in this volume, readers will be in a good position to decide whether they agree with this view
ISBN,Price9783319437606
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. SPINTRONICS
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TitleThe Principles of Quantum Theory, From Planck's Quanta to the Higgs Boson : The Nature of Quantum Reality and the Spirit of Copenhagen
Author(s)Plotnitsky, Arkady
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2016.
DescriptionXXXIV, 313 p : online resource
Abstract NoteThe book considers foundational thinking in quantum theory, focusing on the role the fundamental principles and principle thinking there, including thinking that leads to the invention of new principles, which is, the book contends, one of the ultimate achievements of theoretical thinking in physics and beyond. The focus on principles, prominent during the rise and in the immediate aftermath of quantum theory, has been uncommon in more recent discussions and debates concerning it. The book argues, however, that exploring the fundamental principles and principle thinking is exceptionally helpful in addressing the key issues at stake in quantum foundations and the seemingly interminable debates concerning them. Principle thinking led to major breakthroughs throughout the history of quantum theory, beginning with the old quantum theory and quantum mechanics, the first definitive quantum theory, which it remains within its proper (nonrelativistic) scope. It has, the book also argues, been equally important in quantum field theory, which has been the frontier of quantum theory for quite a while now, and more recently, in quantum information theory, where principle thinking was given new prominence. The approach allows the book to develop a new understanding of both the history and philosophy of quantum theory, from Planck???s quantum to the Higgs boson, and beyond, and of the thinking the key founding figures, such as Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg, Schr??dinger, and Dirac, as well as some among more recent theorists. The book also extensively considers the nature of quantum probability, and contains a new interpretation of quantum mechanics, ???the statistical Copenhagen interpretation.??? Overall, the book???s argument is guided by what Heisenberg called ???the spirit of Copenhagen,??? which is defined by three great divorces from the preceding foundational thinking in physics???reality from realism, probability from causality, and locality from relativity???and defined the fundamental principles of quantum theory accordingly
ISBN,Price9783319320687
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. PROBABILITIES 8. Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes 9. QUANTUM PHYSICS
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TitleQuantum Theory and Local Causality
Author(s)Hofer-Szab??, G??bor;Vecserny??s, P??ter
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2018.
DescriptionVII, 59 p. 10 illus : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book summarizes the results of research the authors have pursued in the past years on the problem of implementing Bell's notion of local causality in local physical theories and relating it to other important concepts and principles in the foundations of physics??such as the Common Cause Principle, Bell's inequalities, the EPR (Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen) scenario, and various other locality and causality concepts. The book is intended for philosophers of science with an interest in the formal background of sciences, philosophers of physics and physicists working in foundation of physics
ISBN,Price9783319739335
Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - SPRINGER 3. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 4. MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS 5. Philosophy and science 6. PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 7. PHYSICS
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TitleFrom Transuranic to Superheavy Elements : A Story of Dispute and Creation
Author(s)Kragh, Helge
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2018.
DescriptionVIII, 106 p. 2 illus : online resource
Abstract NoteThe story of superheavy elements - those at the very end of the periodic table - is not well known outside the community of heavy-ion physicists and nuclear chemists. But it is a most interesting story which deserves to be known also to historians, philosophers, and sociologists of science and indeed to the general public. This is what the present work aims at. It tells the story or rather parts of the story, of how physicists and chemists created elements heavier than uranium or searched for them in nature. And it does so with an emphasis on the frequent discovery and naming disputes concerning the synthesis of very heavy elements. Moreover, it calls attention to the criteria which scientists have adopted for what it means to have discovered a new element. In this branch of modern science it may be more appropriate to speak of creation instead of discovery. The work will be of interest to scientists as well as to scholars studying modern science from a meta-perspective
ISBN,Price9783319758138
Keyword(s)1. CHEMISTRY - HISTORY 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - SPRINGER 4. Heavy ions 5. HISTORY 6. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 7. History of Chemistry 8. HISTORY OF SCIENCE 9. NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY 10. NUCLEAR PHYSICS 11. Nuclear Physics, Heavy Ions, Hadrons 12. Philosophy and science 13. PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 14. PHYSICS
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TitleThe Invention of Time and Space : Origins, Definitions, Nature, Properties
Author(s)Dassonville, Patrice F
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2017.
DescriptionXVII, 176 p. 46 illus., 3 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis investigation of time and space is motivated by gaps in our current understanding: by the lack of definitions, by our failure to appreciate the nature of these entities, by our inability to pin down their properties. The author's approach is based on two key ideas: The first idea is to seek the geo-historical origins of time and space concepts. A thorough investigation of a diversified archaeological corpus, allows him to draft coherent definitions; it furthermore gives clues as to whether time and space were discovered or invented. The second idea is to define the units before trying to define space and time. The results presented here are unexpected: Time and space were not discovered in nature, but they were invented; time is not a phenomenon and space has no materiality; they are only concepts. This runs contrary to the opinion of most scientific and the philosophical authorities, although one would seek in vain for a theoretical validation of the conventional position.??This book will provide much food for thought for philosophers and scientists, as well as interested general readers
ISBN,Price9783319460406
Keyword(s)1. ANCIENT HISTORY 2. ANTHROPOLOGY 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 6. History, Ancient 7. Ontology 8. Philosophy and science 9. PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 10. PHYSICS
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TitleThe Philosophy of Quantum Physics
Author(s)Friebe, Cord;Kuhlmann, Meinard;Lyre, Holger;N??ger, Paul M;Passon, Oliver;St??ckler, Manfred
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2018.
DescriptionXVII, 291 p. 32 illus : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book provides a thorough and up-to-date introduction to the philosophy of quantum physics. Although quantum theory is renowned for its spectacular empirical successes, controversial discussion about how it should be understood continue to rage today. In this volume, the authors provide an overview of its numerous philosophical challenges: Do quantum objects violate the principle of causality? Are particles of the same type indistinguishable and therefore not individual entities? Do quantum objects retain their identity over time? How does a compound quantum system relate to its parts? These questions are answered here within different interpretational approaches to quantum theory. Finally, moving to Quantum Field Theory, we find that the problem of non-locality is exacerbated. Philosophy of quantum physics is aimed at philosophers with an interest in physics, while also serving to familiarize physicists with many of the essential philosophical questions of their subject
ISBN,Price9783319783567
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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TitleBeyond Einstein : Perspectives on Geometry, Gravitation, and Cosmology in the Twentieth Century
Author(s)Rowe, David E;Sauer, Tilman;Walter, Scott A
PublicationNew York, NY, 1. Imprint: Birkh??user 2. Springer New York, 2018.
DescriptionXXIII, 492 p. 71 illus., 14 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis volume explores the interplay between mathematical and physical research and the interactions of twentieth-century scientists within their academic communities. Beginning with Einstein???s general theory of relativity, the authors investigate a series of dramatic discoveries and rival theories in physics that influenced the development of modern differential geometry. Other sections recount the numerous methods, like the resurgence of Weyl geometry, used by geometers to solve the problems revealed by those same innovations in space-time physics. The effect of general relativity on astronomy is also addressed, namely how astronomers worked through new theories like inflationary cosmology and Phoenix models. By including recent historical research and coupling this work with many disciplines??? unique perspectives, this text provides a rich picture of general relativity and cosmology over the course of the twentieth century. The increased study on the documentation of Einstein???s early scientific work has clarified the history of science for that time and profoundly altered the way scientists view their own work, as this interdisciplinary volume demonstrates
ISBN,Price9781493977086
Keyword(s)1. Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory 2. DIFFERENTIAL GEOMETRY 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. GRAVITATION 6. HISTORY 7. History of Mathematical Sciences 8. MATHEMATICS 9. Philosophy and science 10. PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 11. QUANTUM PHYSICS
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TitleGalileo Galilei : At the Threshold of the Scientific Age
Author(s)Osterhage, Wolfgang W
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2018.
DescriptionIX, 156 p. 30 illus., 15 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis new scientific biography of Galileo explores the influences on, and of, his exceptional work, thereby revealing novel connections with the worldviews of his age and beyond. Galileo Galilei's contribution to science is unquestionable. And his conflict with the church establishment of his time is no less famous. In this book, authored by a physicist and history scholar, Galileo's life and work are described against a backdrop of the prior scientific state of the art in his various fields of achievement. Particular emphasis is placed on Galileo's vision of the world in relation to historic and also future cosmological models. The impact of his discoveries and theories for the later development of physics and astronomy is a further focus of the narrative
ISBN,Price9783319917795
Keyword(s)1. ASTRONOMY 2. Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology 3. ASTROPHYSICS 4. EBOOK 5. EBOOK - SPRINGER 6. Europe???History 7. European History 8. HISTORY 9. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 10. HISTORY OF SCIENCE 11. Philosophy and science 12. PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 13. PHYSICS
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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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TitleThinking About Space and Time : 100 Years of Applying and Interpreting General Relativity
Author(s)Beisbart, Claus;Sauer, Tilman;W??thrich, Christian
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Birkh??user 2. Springer International Publishing, 2020.
DescriptionXVIII, 267 p. 8 illus., 3 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis volume offers an integrated understanding of how the theory of general relativity gained momentum after Einstein had formulated it in 1915. Chapters focus on the early reception of the theory in physics and philosophy and on the systematic questions that emerged shortly after Einstein's momentous discovery. They are written by physicists, historians of science, and philosophers, and were originally presented at the conference titled Thinking About Space and Time: 100 Years of Applying and Interpreting General Relativity, held at the University of Bern from September 12-14, 2017. By establishing the historical context first, and then moving into more philosophical chapters, this volume will provide readers with a more complete understanding of early applications of general relativity (e.g., to cosmology) and of related philosophical issues. Because the chapters are often cross-disciplinary, they cover a wide variety of topics related to the general theory of relativity. These include: Heuristics used in the discovery of general relativity Mach's Principle The structure of Einstein's theory Cosmology and the Einstein world Stability of cosmological models The metaphysical nature of spacetime The relationship between spacetime and dynamics The Geodesic Principle Symmetries Thinking About Space and Time will be a valuable resource for historians of science and philosophers who seek a deeper knowledge of the (early and later) uses of general relativity, as well as for physicists and mathematicians interested in exploring the wider historical and philosophical context of Einstein's theory
ISBN,Price9783030477820
Keyword(s)1. Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - SPRINGER 4. GRAVITATION 5. HISTORY 6. History of Mathematical Sciences 7. Mathematical Applications in the Physical Sciences 8. MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS 9. MATHEMATICS 10. Philosophy and science 11. PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
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