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Foundations of Physics

Foundations of Physics

An International Journal Devoted to the Conceptual Bases and Fundamental Theories of Modern Physics

Editor-in-Chief: Gerard 't Hooft

ISSN: 0015-9018 (print version)
ISSN: 1572-9516 (electronic version)

Journal no. 10701

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  • The leading journal for controversial issues concerning the foundations of modern physics
  • Covers all topics in physical sciences, including quantum mechanics, special and general relativity, cosmology and string theory
  • Dedicated Editorial Board headed by Nobel Laureate Gerard 't Hooft
  • 92% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again

Our views of the physical world are changing rapidly. Humanity's continuing search for coherent structures in physics, biology, and cosmology has frequently led to surprises as well as confusion. Discovering new phenomena is one thing, putting them into context with other pieces of knowledge, and inferring their fundamental consequences is quite something else. There are controversies, differences of opinion, and sometimes even religious feelings which come into play. These should be discussed openly. Philosophical issues that are of a general, nontechnical nature should be handled in the opinion pages of the news media, but when the discussed arguments become too technical for that, when peer review is needed to select the really valuable pieces of insight, only a distinguished scientific journal is the appropriate form.

Foundations of Physics is an international journal devoted to the conceptual bases and fundamental theories of modern physics and cosmology, emphasizing the logical, methodological, and philosophical premises of modern physical theories and procedures.
We welcome papers on the interpretation of quantum mechanics, quantum field theory, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, special and general relativity as well as cosmology. Also, we think it is time for the experts on quantum gravity, quantum information, string theory, M-theory, and brane cosmology to ponder the foundations of these approaches.

New insights are gained only by intense interactions with professionals all over the globe, and by solidly familiarizing oneself with their findings. Fortunately there are many authors with a deep understanding of the topics they are discussing who are willing to take the opportunity to present their ideas in our journal, and their clever inventiveness continues to surprise us.
Acceptance of a paper may not necessarily mean that all referees agree with everything, but rather that the issues put forward by the author were considered to be of sufficient interest to our readership, and the exposition was clear enough that our readers, whom we assume to be competent enough, can judge for themselves.

The former letters publication Foundations of Physics Letters has been merged with Foundations of Physics. Short papers that demand a rapid publication process will be included in the special section "Letters to the Editor". Authors who wish to raise discussion points or other articles of a different format are welcome to submit these as well, if they care to explain their wishes with the submission.

Related subjects » Classical Continuum Physics - Complexity - Epistemology & Philosophy of Science - History & Philosophical Foundations of Physics - Quantum Physics - Theoretical, Mathematical & Computational Physics

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    Foundations of Physics is an international journal devoted to the conceptual bases and fundamental theories of modern physics and cosmology, emphasizing the logical, methodological, and philosophical premises of modern physical theories and procedures.
    It aims to be the central platform for new insights that are gained by taking a fresh look at the most basic facts that underlie our present knowledge on all fields of physics.

    Foundations of Physics publishes articles that are of interest to all scientists who are sensitive to the crucial and often controversial issues that underlie current studies in the physical sciences.
    The preferred sub-disciplines are the interpretation of:

    • quantum mechanics
    • quantum field theory
    • thermodynamics and statistical mechanics
    • special and general relativity
    • cosmology

    Also, we think that it is time for the experts on:

    • quantum gravity
    • quantum information
    • string theory
    • M-theory
    • brane cosmology

    to ponder the foundations of these approaches.

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