The Frontiers Collection

What is Fundamental?

Editors: Aguirre, Anthony, Foster, Brendan, Merali, Zeeya (Eds.)

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  • Published in cooperation with the renowned physics "think-tank" Foundational Questions Institute, FQXi
  • Presents specially reworked versions of the prize-winning essays from among more than 150 submissions
  • Contributors include top scientists, philosophers and thought leaders
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Are there truly fundamental entities in nature? Or are the things that we regard as fundamental in our theories – for example space, time or the masses of elementary particles – merely awaiting a derivation from a new, yet to be discovered theory based on elements that are more fundamental? This was the central question posed in the 2018 FQXi essay competition, which drew more than 200 entries from professional physicists, philosophers, and other scholars. This volume presents enhanced versions of the fifteen award-winning essays, giving a spectrum of views and insights on this fascinating topic. From a prescription for “when to stop digging” to the case for strong emergence, the reader will find here a plethora of stimulating and challenging ideas - presented in a largely non-technical manner - on which to sharpen their understanding of the language of physics and even the nature of reality.


Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

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eBook 58,84 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
What is Fundamental?
Editors
  • Anthony Aguirre
  • Brendan Foster
  • Zeeya Merali
Series Title
The Frontiers Collection
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-11301-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-11301-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-11300-1
Series ISSN
1612-3018
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 187
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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