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The Resource Einstein, physics and reality, Jagdish Mehra, (electronic resource)

Einstein, physics and reality, Jagdish Mehra, (electronic resource)

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Einstein, physics and reality
Title
Einstein, physics and reality
Statement of responsibility
Jagdish Mehra
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Contributor
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Language
eng
Summary
Albert Einstein was one of the principal founders of the quantum and relativity theories. Until 1925, when the Bose-Einstein statistics was discovered, he made great contributions to the foundations of quantum theory. However, after the discovery of quantum mechanics by Heisenberg and wave mechanics by Schrödinger, with the consequent development of the principles of uncertainty and complementarity, it would seem that Einstein's views completely changed. In his theory of the Brownian motion, Einstein had invoked the theory of probability to establish the reality of atoms and molecules; but, in 1916-17, when he wished to predict the exact instant when an atom would radiate - and developed his theory of the A and B coefficients - he wondered whether the "quantum absorption and emission of light could ever be understood in the sense of the complete causality requirement, or would a statistical residue remain? I must admit that there I lack the courage of my convictions. But I would be very unhappy to renounce complete causality," as he wrote to his friend Max Born. However, he wrote later to Born that quantum mechanics "is certainly imposing," but "an inner voice tells me that it is not the real thing ... It does not bring us closer to the secret of the 'Old One.' I, at any rate, am convinced that He is not playing at dice." At the 1927 and 1930 Solvay Conferences on Physics in Brussels, Einstein engaged in profound discussions with Niels Bohr and others about his conviction regarding classical determinism versus the statistical causality of quantum mechanics. To the end of his life he retained his belief in a deterministic philosophy. This highly interesting book explores Einstein's views on the nature and structure of physics and reality
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Mehra, Jagdish
Dewey number
530.1
Illustrations
portraits
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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World Scientific (Firm)
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  • Einstein, Albert
  • Physics
  • Reality
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Einstein, physics and reality, Jagdish Mehra, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 137-156)
Color
black and white
Contents
1. The 'non-Einsteinian quantum theory'. 1.1. The Bohr-Sommerfeld atom. 1.2. Physics and the correspondence principle. 1.3. Quantum mechanics. 1.4. Wave mechanics. 1.5. The interpretation of microphysics -- 2. 'The crisis in theoretical physics'. 2.1. Einstein's early readings. 2.2. The basic principles in Einstein's early work. 2.3. The discussion of the light-quantum with Niels Bohr. 2.4. Does field theory present possibilities for the solution of the quantum problem? -- 3. Letters on wave mechanics. 3.1. The real Schrödinger equation. 3.2. On the uncertainty relation. 3.3. Are there quantum jumps? -- 4. Epistemological discussion with Einstein: does quantum mechanics describe reality correctly? 4.1. The fifth Solvay Conference (1927). 4.2. The discussions on epistemological problems. 4.3. Bohr's principle of complementarity and the Copenhagen school -- 5. Is the quantum-theoretical description of nature complete? 5.1. 'Knowledge of past and future in quantum mechanics'. 5.2. The completeness problem. 5.3. Physics and reality. 5.4. Quantum mechanics and reality -- 6. Does God play dice? -- 6.1. The 'statistical Einstein'. 6.2. Einstein's last discussion about statistical causality and determinism -- 7. Mach contra Kant: aspects of the development of Einstein's natural philosophy. 7.1. The heuristic points of view. 7.2. The economy of thought. 7.3. 'Theories are free inventions of the mind'. 7.4. Between Scylla and Charybdis. 7.5. Presuppositions and anticipations. 7.6. Intuition and experience. 7.7. What is reality? 7.8. Description and reality. 7.9. Science and hypothesis
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on1086506259
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other
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1 online resource (ix, 156 p. :)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9789812386434
Note
World Scientific Publishing
Other physical details
port
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1086506259
Label
Einstein, physics and reality, Jagdish Mehra, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 137-156)
Color
black and white
Contents
1. The 'non-Einsteinian quantum theory'. 1.1. The Bohr-Sommerfeld atom. 1.2. Physics and the correspondence principle. 1.3. Quantum mechanics. 1.4. Wave mechanics. 1.5. The interpretation of microphysics -- 2. 'The crisis in theoretical physics'. 2.1. Einstein's early readings. 2.2. The basic principles in Einstein's early work. 2.3. The discussion of the light-quantum with Niels Bohr. 2.4. Does field theory present possibilities for the solution of the quantum problem? -- 3. Letters on wave mechanics. 3.1. The real Schrödinger equation. 3.2. On the uncertainty relation. 3.3. Are there quantum jumps? -- 4. Epistemological discussion with Einstein: does quantum mechanics describe reality correctly? 4.1. The fifth Solvay Conference (1927). 4.2. The discussions on epistemological problems. 4.3. Bohr's principle of complementarity and the Copenhagen school -- 5. Is the quantum-theoretical description of nature complete? 5.1. 'Knowledge of past and future in quantum mechanics'. 5.2. The completeness problem. 5.3. Physics and reality. 5.4. Quantum mechanics and reality -- 6. Does God play dice? -- 6.1. The 'statistical Einstein'. 6.2. Einstein's last discussion about statistical causality and determinism -- 7. Mach contra Kant: aspects of the development of Einstein's natural philosophy. 7.1. The heuristic points of view. 7.2. The economy of thought. 7.3. 'Theories are free inventions of the mind'. 7.4. Between Scylla and Charybdis. 7.5. Presuppositions and anticipations. 7.6. Intuition and experience. 7.7. What is reality? 7.8. Description and reality. 7.9. Science and hypothesis
Control code
on1086506259
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 156 p. :)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9789812386434
Note
World Scientific Publishing
Other physical details
port
Quality assurance targets
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1086506259

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