The Physicist's Conception of Nature

Editors: Mehra, Jagdish (Ed.)

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The fundamental conceptions of twentieth-century physics have profoundly influenced almost every field of modern thought and activity. Quantum Theory, Relativity, and the modern ideas on the Structure of Matter have contributed to a deeper understand­ ing of Nature, and they will probably rank in history among the greatest intellectual achievements of all time. The purpose of our symposium was to review, in historical perspective, the current horizons of the major conceptual structures of the physics of this century. Professors Abdus Salam and Hendrik Casimir, in their remarks at the opening of the symposium, have referred to its origin and planning. Our original plan was to hold a two-week symposium on the different aspects of five principal themes: 1. Space, Time and Geometry (including the structure of the universe and the theory of gravita­ tion),2. Quantum Theory (including the development of quantum mechanics and quantum field theory), 3. Statistical Description of Nature (including the discussion of equilibrium and non-equilibrium phenomena, and the application of these ideas to the evolution of biological structure), 4. The Structure of Matter (including the discus­ sion, in a unified perspective, of atoms, molecules, nuclei, elementary particles, and the physics of condensed matter), and finally, 5. Physical Description and Epistemo­ logy (including the distinction between classical and quantum descriptions, and the epistemological and philosophical problems raised by them).

Table of contents (44 chapters)

  • Development of the Physicist’s Conception of Nature

    Dirac, P. A. M.

    Pages 1-14

  • The Universe as a Whole

    Sciama, Dennis W.

    Pages 17-33

  • A Chapter in the Astrophysicist’s View of the Universe

    Chandrasekhar, S.

    Pages 34-44

  • Fundamental Constants and Their Development in Time

    Dirac, P. A. M.

    Pages 45-59

  • The Expanding Earth

    Jordan, Pascual

    Pages 60-70

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Physicist's Conception of Nature
Editors
  • Jagdish Mehra
Copyright
1973
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland
eBook ISBN
978-94-010-2602-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-010-2602-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-277-0345-3
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-2604-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 839
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