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World in Process: Creativity and Interconnection in the New Physics

World in Process: Creativity and Interconnection in the New Physics

by John A. Jungerman


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ISBN-13: 9780791447499
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 11/01/2000
Series: SUNY series in Constructive Postmodern Thought Series
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

At the University of California, Davis, John A. Jungerman is Professor Emeritus of Physics and Founding Director of the Crocker Nuclear Physics Laboratory. He is the coauthor (with Paul P. Craig) of Nuclear Arms Race: Technology and Society.

Table of Contents

Introduction to SUNY series in Constructive Postmodern Thoughtxix
Chapter 1.Process Philosophy1
Principal Ideas3
Chapter 2.Ideas from the Special and General Theories of Relativity15
Ideas from the Special Theory of Relativity17
Ideas from the General Theory of Relativity28
Science as Process42
Process Thought and Relativity43
Chapter 3.The Microworld, Part I: Waves and Particles49
Evidence that Light Is a Wave49
Evidence that Light Is a Particle56
Light: A Wave or a Particle?64
Matter Waves Too!65
Process Thought and the Nature of Light67
Chapter 4.The Microworld, Part II: Quantum Mechanics69
A Brief History of Atomic Models and Quantum Mechanics70
Concepts Resulting from Quantum Mechanics78
Two Applications of Quantum Mechanics89
Relativistic Quantum Mechanics93
Process Thought and Quantum Mechanics95
Chapter 5.The Microworld, Part III: High-Energy Physics99
Constituents of Matter100
The Four Forces105
The Emptiness of "Solid" Matter113
Process Thought and High-Energy Physics114
Chapter 6.The Macroworld, Part I: Complex Systems117
Entropy and the Arrow of Time118
Nonlinear Systems124
Process Thought and Complex Systems135
Chapter 7.The Macroworld, Part II: Cosmology139
The Big Bang140
Evidence Supporting the Big Bang Hypothesis142
Problems with the Big Bang Hypothesis147
Answers to the Problems of Flatness and Isotropy: Inflation154
Hawking's Theory156
Galaxy and Stellar Formation159
Cosmology and Process Thought164
Chapter 8.Cosmology and Divinity167
The Case for Divine Guidance167
Process Theology172
Limitations of Process Theology186
Summary of Principal Ideas188
Chapter 9.Epilogue: A World in Process191
A Look Back191
Science and Metaphysics as Process195
A Process Worldview197
Suggested Additional Reading221
Note on Supporting Center227

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