The Frontiers Collection

Probability in Physics

Editors: Ben-Menahem, Yemima, Hemmo, Meir (Eds.)

  • Presents the views of twenty eminent physicists on fundamental questions of probability
  • Demonstrates the central role of probability in our best physical theories
  • Presents historical background and new ideas on longstanding questions
  • Treats philosophical aspects such as the status of natural laws in general
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About this book

What is the role and meaning of probability in physical theory, in particular in two of the most successful theories of our age, quantum physics and statistical mechanics? Laws once conceived as universal and deterministic, such as Newton‘s laws of motion, or the second law of thermodynamics, are replaced in these theories by inherently probabilistic laws. This collection of essays by some of the world‘s foremost experts presents an in-depth analysis of the meaning of probability in contemporary physics. Among the questions addressed are: How are probabilities defined? Are they objective or subjective? What is their  explanatory value? What are the differences between quantum and classical probabilities? The result is an informative and thought-provoking book for the scientifically inquisitive. 

About the authors

Yemima Ben-Menahem is professor of philosophy at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has written extensively on the philosophy of science and is author of Conventionalism (Cambridge University Press).

 

Meir Hemmo is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Haifa. He has written extensively on the foundations of quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics and is co-author (with Orly Shenker) of The Road to Maxwell’s Demon (forthcoming in Cambridge University of Press).

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“This collection of 18 essays looks at the long-debated role of probability in physics. … This collection leaves readers appreciating the complexity of the philosophical problem. Physicists and philosophers of science should both find this interesting. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers/faculty, and professionals.” (E. Kincanon, Choice, Vol. 50 (1), September, 2012)

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Ben-Menahem, Yemima (et al.)

    Pages 1-16

  • Physics and Chance

    Albert, David

    Pages 17-40

  • Typicality and the Role of the Lebesgue Measure in Statistical Mechanics

    Pitowsky, Itamar

    Pages 41-58

  • Typicality and Notions of Probability in Physics

    Goldstein, Sheldon

    Pages 59-71

  • Deterministic Laws and Epistemic Chances

    Myrvold, Wayne C.

    Pages 73-85

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Probability in Physics
Editors
  • Yemima Ben-Menahem
  • Meir Hemmo
Series Title
The Frontiers Collection
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-21329-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-21329-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-21328-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-43692-5
Series ISSN
1612-3018
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 324
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