Rational Reconstructions of Modern Physics

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Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 5, 2010 - Science - 126 pages

Newton’s classical physics and its underlying ontology are loaded with several metaphysical hypotheses that cannot be justified by rational reasoning nor by experimental evidence. Furthermore, it is well known that some of these hypotheses are not contained in the great theories of modern physics, such as the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. This book shows that, on the basis of Newton’s classical physics and by rational reconstruction, the theory of relativity as well as quantum mechanics can be obtained by partly eliminating or attenuating the metaphysical hypotheses. Moreover, it is shown that these reconstructions do not require additional hypotheses or new experimental results.

 

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Contents

Rise and Fall of Physical Theories
1
Reconstruction of Special and General Relativity
11
Reconstruction of Quantum Mechanics
49
Three Constants of Nature
79
Interpretations of Modern Physics
102
Concluding Remarks
113
References
119
Index
123
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