Physics and Necessity

Physics and Necessity

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Can we prove the necessity of our best physical theories by rational means, without appeal to experience? This book recounts a few ingenious attempts to derive physical theories by reason only, beginning with Descartes' geometric construction of the world, and finishing with recent derivations of quantum mechanics from natural axioms. It should be of great interest to anyone concerned with the foundations of physics and its broader philosophical interpretation.This experience motivated the more systematic inquiry presented in this book. The least we can demand of a ... They answer the question: how should the world be in order that we should be able to make sense of it? Yet, comprehensibility criteria ... 5According to Gregor Schiemann, the tentative character of the Helmholtzian comprehensibility of nature is a symptom ofa broader, Acpoque- making hypothesizing of truth in science (Schiemann 1997, 2009). 6I return to the comparisonanbsp;...

Title:Physics and Necessity
Author: Olivier Darrigol
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 2014

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