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Interpreting Physics

Language and the Classical/Quantum Divide

MacKinnon, Edward

2012, XIV, 270 p.

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  • This is the only systematic treatment of the role of language in the interpretation of physics
  • The interpretation of quantum mechanics accommodates current advances in quantum field theory
  • This book breaches the separation between analysis and philosophy of science
  • This book is the final outcome of many years of work on the philosophy of physics
This book is the first to offer a systematic account of the role of language in the development and interpretation of physics. An historical-conceptual analysis of the co-evolution of mathematical and physical concepts leads ti the classical/quatum interface. Bohrian orthodoxy stresses the indispensability of classical concepts and the functional role of mathematics. We analyze ways of extending and then going beyond this orthodoxy orthodoxy. Finally, the book analyzes how a revised interpretation of physics impacts on basic philosophical issues: conceptual revolutions, realism, and reductionism.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » funtional mathematics - linguistic analysis - quantum field theory - quantum physics

Related subjects » Epistemology & Philosophy of Science - History of Science - Physics

Table of contents 

Preface.- 1. A Philosphical Overview.- 2. From Categories to Quantative Concepts,- 3. The Unification of Classical Physics.- 4. Classical Physics.- 5. Orthodox Quantum Mechanics.- 6. Beyond a Minimal Basis.- 7. Interpreting Physics.

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