Views of a Physicist: Selected Papers of N.G. Van Kampen

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World Scientific, 2000 - Science - 290 pages
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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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Contents

What is Science?
14
The Theory of Everything
34
Questions without Answers
48
Probability in Theoretical Physics
69
Probability and Noise in Physics
83
From Statistical Mechanics to Quantum Theory
100
Quantum Mechanics
121
Postmodern Obscurantism
138
The Danger of Popularization
171
Great Physicists
173
The Legacy of Smoluchowski and Einstein in Statistical Physics
188
18941952
206
Einsteins Early Years
223
Miscellaneous
239
Memorable Events in History
261
Physics and the Paranormal
274

Against Bell
156

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