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Microscopic Physics of Quantum Liquids

VOLOVIK GRIGORY E.

in The Universe in a Helium Droplet

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199564842
eISBN:
9780191709906
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199564842.003.0003
Subject:
Physics, Condensed Matter Physics / Materials, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

There are two ways to study quantum liquids. One is the fully microscopic treatment, which can be realised either by numerical simulations of the many-body problem, or for some special ranges of the ... More


The Theory of Everything

Robert B. Laughlin and David Pines

in Emergence: Contemporary Readings in Philosophy and Science

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262026215
eISBN:
9780262268011
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262026215.003.0017
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter explains the ultimate theory of the universe, or the Theory of Everything, as a set of equations capable of describing all phenomena that have been observed, or that will ever be ... More


The Ultimate Speculation: A “Theory of Everything” (What Is It, and Why Should We Want One?)

Peter Achinstein

in Speculation: Within and About Science

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780190615055
eISBN:
9780190615086
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190615055.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, General

Some scientists and philosophers claim that a “Theory of Everything” (TOE) exists and that scientists should find it. Such a theory will explain everything on the basis of fundamental laws and ... More


A Theory of Everything? Kant Speaks to Stephen Hawking

Leslie Stevenson

in Inspirations from Kant: Essays

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199778225
eISBN:
9780190267629
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199778225.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This essay examines Immanuel Kant’s systematic diagnosis of a certain kind of illusion to which we are prone when we try to think about the world as a whole, an idea reminiscent of what theoretical ... More


Speculation: Within and About Science

Peter Achinstein

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780190615055
eISBN:
9780190615086
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190615055.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, General

Newton urged scientists never to speculate, only to prove by establishing experimental facts. Einstein urged scientists to speculate freely, since only daring speculations, not experimental facts, ... More


The Crash

Alvaro De Rújula

in Enjoy Our Universe: You Have No Other Choice

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2020
ISBN:
9780198817802
eISBN:
9780191859366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198817802.003.0036
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

Quantum Mechanics plays a role in our understanding of the extremely large and small realities, Why the measured cosmological constant has such an “unnatural” value. Natural numbers in a physical ... More


Final words

Jennifer Coopersmith

in The Lazy Universe: An Introduction to the Principle of Least Action

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2017
ISBN:
9780198743040
eISBN:
9780191802966
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198743040.003.0009
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology, History of Physics

The Principle of Least Action has near-universal applicability, and the actual path taken by the system is the one that occurs in the flat region of the “space-of-paths.” While the Principle needs a ... More


Summing Up

Peter Achinstein

in Speculation: Within and About Science

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780190615055
eISBN:
9780190615086
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190615055.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, General

This chapter provides a summary of the results of this investigation into the meaning, legitimacy, and importance of speculating within and about science.


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