Reality, and the Physicist
Knowledge, Duration and the Quantum World
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Reality, and the Physicist by Bernard d' Espagnat
Book DescriptionThis book investigates the nature of reality from the viewpoint of a physicist. Contemporary physics, especially quantum theory, has raised profound questions about the relationship between the methods of science and the reality these methods seek to investigate. These questions, and how we should answer them, are the subject of this book. Part I examines the practices of contemporary physicists and addresses the criticisms that philosophers of science have made of these practices. The doctrine of physical realism, adopted by most physicists and many philosophers of science, is subjected to detailed investigation in Part II. When tested against recent discoveries and developments in physics, it is shown to be in considerable difficulty. Part III explores the consequences of this for our understanding of what science can seek to know of reality, and concludes by outlining the position contemporary physics indicates we should take on the nature of reality generally considered.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521338462
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Jan-1989
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Bernard d' Espagnat
Veiled Reality, Paperback (January 2003)
By questioning the validity of some of our basic concepts, such as space, object and causality, quantum physics contributes to the dramatic changes taking place in our world picture. "Veiled Reality" offers nonspecialists an accessible perspective on basic problems in the foundations of physics.
Conceptual Foundations of Quantum Mechanics, Paperback (March 1999)» View all books by Bernard d' Espagnat
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