Views of a Physicist: Selected Papers of N.G. Van Kampen
N G van Kampen is a well-known theoretical physicist who has had a long and distinguished career. His research covers scattering theory, plasma physics, statistical mechanics, and various mathematical aspects of physics. In addition to his scientific work, he has written a number of papers about more general aspects of science. An indefatigable fighter for intellectual honesty and clarity, he has pointed out repeatedly that the fundamental ideas of physics have been needlessly obscured.As those papers appeared in various journals, partly in Dutch, it was felt that it would be worthwhile to collect them (translating the Dutch material into English) and make them available to a larger audience. This is a book of major importance to scientists and university teachers.
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What is Science?
The Theory of Everything
Questions without Answers
Probability in Theoretical Physics
Probability and Noise in Physics
From Statistical Mechanics to Quantum Theory
The Danger of Popularization
The Legacy of Smoluchowski and Einstein in Statistical Physics
Einsteins Early Years
Memorable Events in History
Physics and the Paranormal