Observational Foundations of Physicsby Sir Alan H. Cook, Cook
Pub. Date: 04/28/2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This intriguing book examines the questions of how the ways in which we observe the world determine theories of physics and how we can get reliable results that enable us to make secure predictions. The first chapters deal with the theories of quantum mechanics and relativity and are followed by a discussion of chaotic dynamics. The uncertainty of observations and probabilistic agruments in physics are then treated. Finally, it is argued that the success of prediction is reason for believing in the existence of a world independent of ourselves.
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Table of ContentsPreface; 1. Introduction; 2. Standards of time and equations of motion; 3. Observations at a distance: Special relativity; 4. Microphysics: Relativistic quantum mechanics; 5. Indeterminacy in theory and observation; 6.Why does mathematical physics work?; 7. Probable argument; 8. Conclusion; Appendix; References.
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