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Fundamental Theories of Physics

Rational Reconstructions of Modern Physics

Authors: Mittelstaedt, Peter

  • Reconstructs the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics from Newton's mechanics by partly eliminating or attenuating the metaphysical hypotheses
  • Provides deep philosophical understanding of the foundations of classical and quantum physics
  • Offers readers deep insights into the philosophical foundations of physics
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Newton’s classical physics and its underlying ontology are loaded with several metaphysical hypotheses that cannot be justified by rational reasoning nor by experimental evidence. Furthermore, it is well known that some of these hypotheses are not contained in the great theories of modern physics, such as the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. This book shows that, on the basis of Newton’s classical physics and by rational reconstruction, the theory of relativity as well as quantum mechanics can be obtained by partly eliminating or attenuating the metaphysical hypotheses. Moreover, it is shown that these reconstructions do not require additional hypotheses or new experimental results.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Rise and Fall of Physical Theories

    Mittelstaedt, Peter

    Pages 1-10

  • Reconstruction of Special and General Relativity

    Mittelstaedt, Peter

    Pages 11-48

  • Reconstruction of Quantum Mechanics

    Mittelstaedt, Peter

    Pages 49-77

  • Three Constants of Nature

    Mittelstaedt, Peter

    Pages 79-101

  • Interpretations of Modern Physics

    Mittelstaedt, Peter

    Pages 103-112

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rational Reconstructions of Modern Physics
Authors
Series Title
Fundamental Theories of Physics
Series Volume
169
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-0077-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-0077-2
Series ISSN
0168-1222
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 126
Number of Illustrations and Tables
22 b/w illustrations
Additional Information
150 pages, 20 images, 1st edition
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