Laws of Nature / Edition 1

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The book is concerned with the laws of nature and in particular with the laws of physics. The authors discuss three important questions: First, whether the observed regularities are based on strict "laws of nature" that hold rigorously and without any exception. Second, what we call a "law of nature" is studied by comparing this concept with invariance principles, causality principles, teleological principles and means of predicting future events. Finally, on the basis of these investigations the authors treat the ambitious and intricate third question, why the laws of nature hold. Are there rational reasons for this largely unexplained phenomenon? This book addresses students as well as researchers. It will be an excellent reference for those interested in the philosophical foundations of the natural sciences.

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"… Der Physiker Peter Mittelstaedt … und der Philosoph Paul Weingartner … haben sich zusammengetan, um in einer exzellent strukturierten, detaillierten Übersicht zu klären, was Naturgesetze sind … Die … Kapitel beginnen mit einer interessanten Fragestellung … Historische Aspekte … werden … beispielhaft immer wieder herangezogen. Die Fülle der Themen lässt sich hier nicht angemessen aufzählen, daher nur ein paar Leckerbissen ..."

(Rüdiger Vaas, in: Naturwissenschaftliche Rundschau,2006, Vol. 59, Issue 10, S. 571 f.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540240792
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 8/22/2005
  • Edition description: 2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 0.88 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

What is a Law of Nature?.- Are there Laws of Nature at All?.- Can the Laws of Nature be Genuine Laws?.- Are the Laws of Logic Laws of Nature?.- Are the Laws of Mathematics Laws of Nature?.- Properties of Laws.- Does Every Law of Nature Express an Invariance (Symmetry)?.- Is Every Law of Nature Spacetime Invariant?.- Dynamical and Statistical Laws.- Laws, Boundary Conditions, and Constants of Nature.- Causality and Predictability.- Laws and Objects.- Completeness and Reliability.- Why are Laws of Nature Valid?.- Statistical Laws.- Quantum Logic.

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