Eddington's Search for a Fundamental Theory: A Key to the Universe

Eddington's Search for a Fundamental Theory: A Key to the Universe

by C. W. Kilmister
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521017289

ISBN-13: 9780521017282

Pub. Date: 07/31/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

A reconciliation of theories of the very small and the very large scale is one of the most important single issues in physics today. Many people today are unaware that back in the 1930s, Sir Arthur Eddington, the celebrated astrophysicist, made great strides towards his own 'theory of everything'. In 1936 and 1946 Eddington's last two books were published. Unlike his…  See more details below

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A reconciliation of theories of the very small and the very large scale is one of the most important single issues in physics today. Many people today are unaware that back in the 1930s, Sir Arthur Eddington, the celebrated astrophysicist, made great strides towards his own 'theory of everything'. In 1936 and 1946 Eddington's last two books were published. Unlike his earlier lucid and authoritative works, these are strangely tentative and obscure - as if he were nervous of the significant advances he might be making. This volume examines how Eddington came to write these uncharacteristic books - in terms of the physics and history of the day - and what value they have to modern physics. The results is an illuminating description of the development of theoretical physics in the first half of the twentieth century from a unique point of view: how it affected Eddington's thought. This will provide fascinating reading for scholars in the philosophy of science, theoretical physics, applied mathematics and the history of science.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521017282
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2005
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1The mystery1
Pt. 11882-19289
2The astrophysicist11
3General relativity26
4Consequences of general relativity42
5'Something has slipped through the net'65
6Quantum mechanics79
Pt. 21928-3399
7Algebra to the fore: 136101
8Electric charge: 137124
9The proton-electron mass-ratio156
Pt. 31933-44185
10The turning point187
11Critical views of RTPE207
12The last decade223
References250
Index254

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