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Physics; History; Congresses

  • Questioning the Foundations of Physicsby Anthony Aguirre; Brendan Foster; Zeeya Merali

    Springer International Publishing 2015; US$ 89.99

    The essays in this book look at way in which the fundaments of physics might need to be changed in order to make progress towards a unified theory. They are based on the prize-winning essays submitted to the FQXi essay competition ?Which of Our Basic Physical Assumptions Are Wrong??, which drew over 270 entries. As Nobel Laureate physicist Philip... more...

  • Trick or Truth?by Anthony Aguirre; Brendan Foster; Zeeya Merali

    Springer International Publishing 2016; US$ 89.99

    The 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,... more...

  • It From Bit or Bit From It?by Anthony Aguirre; Brendan Foster; Zeeya Merali

    Springer International Publishing 2015; US$ 89.99

    The essays in this book look at the question of whether physics can be based on information, or ? as John Wheeler phrased it ? whether we can get ?It from Bit?. They are based on the prize-winning essays submitted to the FQXi essay competition of the same name, which drew over 180 entries. The eighteen contributions address topics as diverse as quantum... more...

  • The Science of Nature in the Seventeenth Centuryby Peter R. Anstey; John A. Schuster

    Springer Netherlands 2006; US$ 209.00

    One of the hallmarks of the modern world has been the stunning rise of the natural sciences. The exponential expansion of scientific knowledge and the accompanying technology that so impact on our daily lives are truly remarkable. But what is often taken for granted is the enviable epistemic-credit rating of scientific knowledge: science is authoritative,... more...

  • The Electric Theories of J. Clerk Maxwellby Alan Aversa; Pierre Maurice Marie Duhem

    Springer International Publishing 2015; US$ 109.00

    In this volume Pierre Duhem first gives an overview of 19 th century electricity and magnetism. Next, he applies his keen historical, philosophical, and physical intuition to critiquing Maxwell?s theories, especially his electromagnetic theory of light and the ad hoc introduction of displacement current, which he considers too much a product of... more...

  • The Bumpy Roadby Massimiliano Badino

    Springer International Publishing 2015; US$ 54.99

    This book examines the different areas of knowledge, traditions, and conceptual resources that contributed to the building of Max Planck?s theory of radiation. It presents an insightful comparative analysis that not only sheds light upon a fundamental chapter in the history of modern physics, but also enlarges our understanding of how theoreticians... more...

  • The Dialectic Relation Between Physics and Mathematics in the XIXth Centuryby Evelyne Barbin; Raffaele Pisano

    Springer Netherlands 2013; US$ 119.00

    Bringing together contributions from leading experts, and offering much-needed insight, this book analyses historical problems in the use of mathematics in physics, the use of physics in mathematics and the emergence of the discipline of Mathematical Physics. more...

  • General Relativity, Cosmology and Astrophysicsby Jirí Bicák; Tomá? Ledvinka

    Springer International Publishing 2014; US$ 149.00

    The articles included in this Volume represent a broad and highly qualified view on the present state of general relativity, quantum gravity, and their cosmological and astrophysical implications. As such, it may serve as a valuable source of knowledge and inspiration for experts in these fields, as well as an advanced source of information for young... more...

  • Relativity and Gravitationby Jirí Bicák; Tomá? Ledvinka

    Springer International Publishing 2014; US$ 189.00

    In early April 1911 Albert Einstein arrived in Prague to become full professor of theoretical physics at the German part of Charles University. It was there, for the first time, that he concentrated primarily on the problem of gravitation. Before he left Prague in July 1912 he had submitted the paper ?Relativität und Gravitation: Erwiderung auf eine... more...

  • Galileo and the Equations of Motionby Dino Boccaletti

    Springer International Publishing 2015; US$ 129.00

    This book is intended as a historical and critical study on the origin of the equations of motion as established in Newton's Principia. The central question that it aims to answer is whether it is indeed correct to ascribe to Galileo the inertia principle and the law of falling bodies. In order to accomplish this task, the study begins by considering... more...