Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Interpreting Physics

Language and the Classical/Quantum Divide

Authors: MacKinnon, Edward

  • 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
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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 to the classical/quatum interface. Bohrian orthodoxy stresses the indispensability of classical concepts and the functional role of mathematics. This book analyses 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.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • A Philosophical Overview

    Mackinnon, Edward

    Pages 3-24

  • From Categories to Quantitative Concepts

    Mackinnon, Edward

    Pages 25-68

  • The Unification of Classical Physics

    Mackinnon, Edward

    Pages 69-87

  • The Interpretation of Classical Physics

    Mackinnon, Edward

    Pages 89-119

  • Orthodox Quantum Mechanics

    Mackinnon, Edward

    Pages 129-149

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  • ISBN 978-94-007-9576-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Interpreting Physics
Book Subtitle
Language and the Classical/Quantum Divide
Authors
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
289
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-2369-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2369-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-2368-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9576-1
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 270
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