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Main Title Foundations of physics
Author Lindsay, Robert Bruce, ; Margenau, Henry
Publisher Dover Publications
Year Published 1957
OCLC Number 00530976
Subjects Physics--Philosophy ; 3302 philosophy and theory of physics--(NL-LeOCL)077595521 ; Physik ; Theoretische Physik ; Waarschijnlijkheid (statistiek) ; Mechanica ; Relativiteitstheorie
Additional Subjects Physics--Philosophy
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
ELBM  QC6.L42 1957 AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 01/01/1988
Collation 542 p. illus. 22 cm.
"An unabridged republication of the first edition with corrections and a new reading list prepared by the authors." Includes bibliographical references (pages 529-533) and index.
Contents Notes
The meaning of a physical theory -- Space and time in physics -- The foundations of mechanics -- Probability and some of its applications -- The statistical point of view -- The physics of continua -- The electron theory and special relativity -- Quantum mechanics -- The problem of causality. A bridge between semipopular works for the general reader and technical treatises written for specialists, this excellent work discusses the foundational ideas and background of modern physics. It is not a text on theoretical physics, but a discussion of the methods of physic description and construction of theory. As such, it is especially valuable for the physicist with a background in elementary calculus who is interested in the ideas which give meaning to the data and tools of modern physics.