Combinatorial Physics

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World Scientific, 1995 - Mathematics - 188 pages
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The authors aim to reinstate a spirit of philosophical enquiry in physics. They abandon the intuitive continuum concepts and build up constructively a combinatorial mathematics of process. This radical change alone makes it possible to calculate the coupling constants of the fundamental fields which OCo via high energy scattering OCo are the bridge from the combinatorial world into dynamics. The untenable distinction between what is OCyobservedOCO, or measured, and what is not, upon which current quantum theory is based, is not needed. If we are to speak of mind, this has to be present OCo albeit in primitive form OCo at the most basic level, and not to be dragged in at one arbitrary point to avoid the difficulties about quantum observation. There is a growing literature on information-theoretic models for physics, but hitherto the two disciplines have gone in parallel. In this book they interact vitally."
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 Introduction and Summary of Chapters
1
CHAPTER 2 Space
7
CHAPTER 3 Complementarity and All That
17
CHAPTER 4 The Simple Case for a Combinatorial Physics
25
CHAPTER 5 A Hierarchical Model Some Introductory Arguments
33
CHAPTER 6 A Hierarchical Combinatorial Model Full Treatment
57
CHAPTER 7 Scattering and Coupling Constants
91
CHAPTER 8 Quantum Numbers and the Particle
121
CHAPTER 9 Towards the Continuum
135
CHAPTER 10 Objectivity and Subjectivity Some isms
153
References
165
Name Index
169
Subject Index
173
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