Philosophy of Physics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444515605, 9780080466651

Philosophy of Physics

1st Edition

Series Volume Editors: Jeremy Butterfield John Earman
Series Editors: Dov M. Gabbay Paul Thagard John Woods
eBook ISBN: 9780080466651
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444515605
Imprint: North Holland
Published Date: 20th October 2006
Page Count: 1522
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Table of Contents

General Preface (Dov Gabbay, Paul Thagard and John Woods)
Introduction (Jeremy Butterfield and John Earman)
List of Contributors
On Symplectic Reduction in Classical Mechanics (Jeremy Butterfield)
The Representation of Time and Change in Mechanics (Gordon Belot)
Classical Relativity Theory (David Malament)
Non-Relativisitic Quantum Theory (Michael Dickson)
Between Classical and Quantum (N.P. Landsman)
Quantum Information and Computing (Jeffrey Bub)
The Conceptual Basis of Quantum Field Theory (Gerard 't Hooft)
Algebraic Quantum Field Theory (Hans Halvorson (with an Appendix by Michael Müger)
Issues in the Foundations of Classical Statistical Physics (Jos Uffink)
Quantum Statistical Physics (Gerard Emch)
Issues in the Philosophy of Cosmology (George F.R. Ellis)
Quantum Gravity (Carlo Rovelli)
Symmetrics and Invariances in Classical Physics (Katherine Brading and Elena Castellani)
Aspects of Determinism in Modern Physics (John Earman)
Index


Description

The ambition of this volume is twofold: to provide a comprehensive overview of the field and to serve as an indispensable reference work for anyone who wants to work in it. For example, any philosopher who hopes to make a contribution to the topic of the classical-quantum correspondence will have to begin by consulting Klaas Landsman’s chapter.
The organization of this volume, as well as the choice of topics, is based on the conviction that the important problems in the philosophy of physics arise from studying the foundations of the fundamental theories of physics. It follows that there is no sharp line to be drawn between philosophy of physics and physics itself. Some of the best work in the philosophy of physics is being done by physicists, as witnessed by the fact that several of the contributors to the volume are theoretical physicists: viz., Ellis, Emch, Harvey, Landsman, Rovelli, ‘t Hooft, the last of whom is a Nobel laureate.

Key features

  • Definitive discussions of the philosophical implications of modern physics
  • Masterly expositions of the fundamental theories of modern physics
  • Covers all three main pillars of modern physics: relativity theory, quantum theory, and thermal physics
  • Covers the new sciences grown from these theories: for example, cosmology from relativity theory; and quantum information and quantum computing, from quantum theory
  • Contains special Chapters that address crucial topics that arise in several different theories, such as symmetry and determinism
  • Written by very distinguished theoretical physicists, including a Nobel Laureate, as well as by philosophers

Key Features

  • Definitive discussions of the philosophical implications of modern physics
  • Masterly expositions of the fundamental theories of modern physics
  • Covers all three main pillars of modern physics: relativity theory, quantum theory, and thermal physics
  • Covers the new sciences that have grown from these theories: for example, cosmology from relativity theory; and quantum information and quantum computing, from quantum theory
  • Contains special Chapters that address crucial topics that arise in several different theories, such as symmetry and determinism
  • Written by very distinguished theoretical physicists, including a Nobel Laureate, as well as by philosophers

Readership

Philosophers who work in philosophy of physics and foundations of physics.


Details

No. of pages:
1522
Language:
English
Copyright:
© North Holland 2007
Published:
Imprint:
North Holland
eBook ISBN:
9780080466651
Hardcover ISBN:
9780444515605

About the Series Volume Editors

Jeremy Butterfield Series Volume Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Cambridge University, United Kingdom

John Earman Series Volume Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

About the Series Editors

Dov M. Gabbay Series Editor

Dov M. Gabbay is Augustus De Morgan Professor Emeritus of Logic at the Group of Logic, Language and Computation, Department of Computer Science, King's College London. He has authored over four hundred and fifty research papers and over thirty research monographs. He is editor of several international Journals, and many reference works and Handbooks of Logic.

Affiliations and Expertise

King's College London, UK

Paul Thagard Series Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Waterloo, Canada

John Woods Series Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada