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Rational Reality

Ramon Harvey

in Transcendent God, Rational World: A Maturidi Theology

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9781474451642
eISBN:
9781399501767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474451642.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter builds up the philosophical foundations for a systematic Māturīdī theology, interweaving discussion of premodern kalām and contemporary philosophy. The first section looks at the ... More


Faster-than-Light Schemes: Quantum Reality

John C. H. Spence

in Lightspeed: The Ghostly Aether and the Race to Measure the Speed of Light

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780198841968
eISBN:
9780191878084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198841968.003.0010
Subject:
Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics, History of Physics

Developments since Einstein are summarized. Our systems of units and their relationship to the speed of light. Light propagation in vacuum—what stuff is an electric field made of? Quantum field ... More


Graphene and Its “Family”: The Finest Materials Ever to Exist

Pablo Jarillo-Herrero and Adolfo Plasencia

in Is the Universe a Hologram?: Scientists Answer the Most Provocative Questions

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780262036016
eISBN:
9780262339308
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262036016.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

In this dialogue, the physicist Pablo Jarillo-Herrero outlines his scientific career path, which started out in theoretical high-energy physics on a cosmological scale. Later he was drawn to ... More


The Cosmic Void

Eddy Keming Chen

in Non-Being: New Essays on the Metaphysics of Nonexistence

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
April 2021
ISBN:
9780198846222
eISBN:
9780191881381
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198846222.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

What exists at the fundamental level of reality? On the standard picture, the fundamental reality contains (among other things) fundamental matter, such as particles, fields, or even the quantum ... More


From Casimir Forces to Black-Body Radiation: Quantum and Thermal Fluctuations

Alejandro W. Rodriguez and Adolfo Plasencia

in Is the Universe a Hologram?: Scientists Answer the Most Provocative Questions

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780262036016
eISBN:
9780262339308
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262036016.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

This dialogue with physicist Alejandro W. Rodríguez is in two parts. The first part, which took place in the MIT campus, reflects on how theory has been overtaking experimentation in recent ... More


Review of basic quantum physics

Ian R. Kenyon

in Quantum 20/20: Fundamentals, Entanglement, Gauge Fields, Condensates and Topology

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198808350
eISBN:
9780191846052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198808350.003.0001
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

Basic experimental evidence is sketched: the black body radiation spectrum, the photoeffect, Compton scattering and electron diffraction; the Bohr model of the atom. Quantum mechanics is reviewed ... More


Discrete Time and Space

Alexander R. Pruss

in Infinity, Causation, and Paradox

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780198810339
eISBN:
9780191847325
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198810339.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

There is a strong intuitive argument that if causal finitism is true, then space and time are discrete. Discreteness, especially of time, is discussed, and varieties are distinguished. The ... More


Imaging Wavefunctions

C. Julian Chen

in Introduction to Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
April 2021
ISBN:
9780198856559
eISBN:
9780191889905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198856559.003.0008
Subject:
Physics, Condensed Matter Physics / Materials

The concept of wavefunction was introduced in the first 1926 paper by Erwin Schrödinger as the central object of the atomic world and the cornerstone of quantum mechanics. It is a mathematical ... More


Prologue: “The Most Primitive Question”

Clifford Siskin

in System: The Shaping of Modern Knowledge

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780262035316
eISBN:
9780262336345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262035316.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The Prologues argues that the question “What is a system?” is a fundamental question across the disciplines, from quantum mechanics to the social sciences and humanities. To answer the question we ... More


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