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AuthorStrauss, M. author
TitleModern Physics and its Philosophy [electronic resource] : Selected Papers in the Logic, History and Philosophy of Science / by M. Strauss
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1972
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Descript 307 p. online resource


In selecting the papers for this volume I have excluded all physics papers proper. I have further omitted all book rev.iews. Instead, I have included two papers not published previously; they are marked by an asterisk (*) in the table of contents. Since many of the papers were occasioned by Symposia or similar gatherings their chronological order is rather accidental. Hence I have tried to group the papers thematically into four parts. Within each part the order of sequence is from the more general to the more special, or from a more popular to a more technical treatment. The same principle has been applied to the sequential order of the parts. The foundational papers on quantum mechanics have been arranged in a somewhat difยญ ferent manner. Chapters XVI-XIX are concerned with the logic of complementarity while in Chapters XX-XXII a more radical reconยญ ceptualization is carried out. Two of the older papers (Chapters VI and VIII) have been revised to bring them more into line with present terminology. Other papers have been corrected by additions and omissions. Additions are marked by square brackets [ ], while double square brackets [[ II signify omisยญ sions or parts to be omitted. Hence [[A]] [B] means that 'A' should be replaced by 'B'. The heading of one paper (Chapter XX) has been changed to make it more descriptive


A / History of Physics -- I. Contradiction and Uplation in the Evolution of Physics (1960) -- II. Evolutionary Laws and Perspectives for Physics (1967) -- III. The Huygens-Leibniz-Mach Criticism in the Light of Present Knowledge (1967) -- IV. Max Planck and the Rise of Quantum Theory (1960) -- B / Logic of Physics โ{128}{148} General -- V. On the Relation between Mathematics and Physics and Its Historical Development (1967) -- VI. Mathematics as Logical Syntax โ{128}{148} A Method to Formalize the Language of a Physical Theory (1938) -- VII. Is the Frequency Limit Interpretation of Probability a Meaningful Idealization? (1946) -- VIII. Problems of Probability Theory in the Light of Quantum Mechanics (1938/39) -- IX. Equivalent Representations and Inequivalent Interpretations in Physics (1965) -- X. Material Structure and Mathematical Structure (1967) -- XI. Space-times and State Spaces (1967) -- XII. Intertheory Relations I โ{128}{148} General Problems (1970) -- C / Foundational Studies โ{128}{148} Special -- XIII. On the Logic of โ{128}{152}Inertial Frameโ{128}{153} and โ{128}{152}Massโ{128}{153} (1966) -- XIV. The Lorentz Group: Axiomatics โ{128}{148} Generalizations โ{128}{148} Alternatives (1966) -- XV. Einsteinโ{128}{153}s Theories and the Critics of Newton โ{128}{148} Inter-theory Relations II (1968) -- XVI. The Logic of Complementarity and the Foundation of Quantum Theory (1936) -- XVII. The Paradoxes of Quantum Physics and the Complementary Mode of Description (undated) -- XVIII. Quantum Theory and Logic (1950) -- XIX. Foundations of Quantum Mechanics (1967) -- XX. Quantum Theory and Philosophy (1960) -- XXI. A Second Foundation for Quantum Theory (1961) -- XXII. Intertheory Relations (III): Quantum Mechanics and Classical Point Mechanics (1970) -- D / In Memoriam Hans Reichenbach -- XXIII. Hans Reichenbach and the Berlin School (1963) -- XXIV. Two Notes on H. Reichenbachโ{128}{153}s Logic of Quantum Mechanics (1945)

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