Views of a Physicist: N G Van Kampen

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Reprints, and translates when necessary, 31 miscellaneous papers and addresses from throughout the long career of Dutch theoretical physicist Kamplen. They are not strictly scientific papers, and were culled in a wide range of publications. In them he explores the philosophy of physics, statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, atavisms, great physicists, and miscellaneous topics. Some do and some do not include bibliographic references. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789810243579
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. I Philosophy of Physics 1
1 Physics, Is it a Science? 3
2 What is Science? 14
3 Determinism and Predictability 25
4 The Theory of Everything 34
5 Misconceptions about Physics 40
6 Questions without Answers 48
7 The Retreat of Rationality 53
Ch. II Statistical Mechanics 57
1 Irreversibility 59
2 Probability in Theoretical Physics 69
3 Entropy 78
4 Probability and Noise in Physics 83
5 The Fokker-Planck Equation 88
6 Introduction to Chaos Theory 93
7 From Statistical Mechanics to Quantum Theory 100
8 How do Stochastic Processes enter into Physics? 110
Ch. III Quantum Mechanics 121
1 Are the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics Problematical? 123
2 Ten Theorems about Quantum Mechanical Measurements 127
3 Postmodern Obscurantism 138
4 Quantum Chaos 148
5 Against Bell 156
Ch. IV Atavisms 159
1 Review of a book by Louis de Broglie 161
2 A Redundant Theory 165
3 Chance is not Accidental 168
4 The Danger of Popularization 171
Ch. V Great Physicists 173
1 Copernicus 175
2 The Legacy of Smoluchowski and Einstein in Statistical Physics 188
3 Dresden's Life of Kramers 197
4 Remembering Kramers 200
5 H. A. Kramers: 1894-1952 206
6 Kramers and the Problem of Escape over a Barrier 209
7 Historiography and the Work of H. A. Kramers 217
8 Einstein's Early Years 223
9 L. C. P. Van Hove 227
10 E. P. Wigner 233
Ch. VI Miscellaneous 239
1 Space Travel and Physics 241
2 Physics in the Twentieth Century 247
3 Memorable Events in History 261
4 The Danger of Science Management 264
5 Bibliometry - Is it a Science? 267
6 Bizarre Science 271
7 Physics and the Paranormal 274
Index 285
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