From Paradox to Reality Our Basic Concepts of the Physical World

ISBN-10: 052137605X
ISBN-13: 9780521376051
Edition: 1997
Authors: Fritz Rohrlich
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Description: Introducing the basic ideas of relativity theory and quantum mechanics, this book discusses their conceptual and philosphical aspects rather than mathematical aspects. The book demonstrates how revolutionary new theories arise where old onesfail.

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Book details

List price: $72.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/25/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Introducing the basic ideas of relativity theory and quantum mechanics, this book discusses their conceptual and philosphical aspects rather than mathematical aspects. The book demonstrates how revolutionary new theories arise where old onesfail.

Preface
At the Roof of the Endeavor
Human limitations
Theory and the role of mathematics
Scientific objectivity
The aim of scientific theory
The World of Relativity
Space and time: from absolute to relative
Imposed consistency: special relativity
Gravitation as geometry: general relativity
Revolutions without revolutions
The Quantum World
The limits of the classical world
Concepts of the quantum world
From apparent paradox to a new reality
The present state of the art
Epilogue
Notes
Glossary of technical terms
Name index
Subject index

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