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The Frontiers Collection

Questioning the Foundations of Physics

Which of Our Fundamental Assumptions Are Wrong?

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

  • Published in cooperation with the renowned physics "think-tank" Foundational Questions Institute, FQXi
  • Specially reworked versions of the most exciting essays of over 270 submissions
  • A book that will appeal both to hobby scientists and to active theoretical physicists seeking inspired new directions
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About this book

The essays in this book look at way in which the fundaments of physics might need to be changed in order to make progress towards a unified theory. They are based on the prize-winning essays submitted to the FQXi essay competition “Which of Our Basic Physical Assumptions Are Wrong?”, which drew over 270 entries.

As Nobel Laureate physicist Philip W. Anderson realized, the key to understanding nature’s reality is not anything “magical”, but the right attitude, “the focus on asking the right questions, the willingness to try (and to discard) unconventional answers, the sensitive ear for phoniness, self-deception, bombast, and conventional but unproven assumptions.”

The authors of the eighteen prize-winning essays have, where necessary, adapted their essays for the present volume so as to (a) incorporate the community feedback generated in the online discussion of the essays, (b) add new material that has come to light since their completion and (c) to ensure accessibility to a broad audience of readers with a basic grounding in physics.

The Foundational Questions Institute, FQXi, catalyzes, supports, and disseminates research on questions at the foundations of physics and cosmology, particularly new frontiers and innovative ideas integral to a deep understanding of reality, but unlikely to be supported by conventional funding sources.

About the authors

Anthony Aguirre
Brendan Foster
Zeeya Merali

Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Aguirre, Anthony (et al.)

    Pages 1-4

  • The Paradigm of Kinematics and Dynamics Must Yield to Causal Structure

    Spekkens, Robert W.

    Pages 5-16

  • Recognising Top-Down Causation

    Ellis, George

    Pages 17-44

  • On the Foundational Assumptions of Modern Physics

    Dribus, Benjamin F.

    Pages 45-60

  • The Preferred System of Reference Reloaded

    Perez, Israel

    Pages 61-86

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-13045-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-13044-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $84.99
price for USA in USD
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: November 18, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-38353-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Questioning the Foundations of Physics
Book Subtitle
Which of Our Fundamental Assumptions Are Wrong?
Editors
  • Anthony Aguirre
  • Brendan Foster
  • Zeeya Merali
Series Title
The Frontiers Collection
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-13045-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-13045-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-13044-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-38353-8
Series ISSN
1612-3018
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 274
Number of Illustrations
24 b/w illustrations
Topics