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Everywhere and Everywhen: Adventures in Physics and Philosophy

Nick Huggett

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195379518
eISBN:
9780199776559
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379518.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Everywhere and Everywhen is an introduction to the ideas and arguments of the central questions that arise when physics meets philosophy: for instance, what are space and time? What are ... More


Space, Time, and Stuff

Frank Arntzenius

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199696604
eISBN:
9780191738333
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696604.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

Much of this book can be seen as an attempt to show that physics is geometry, an attempt to show that the fundamental structure of the physical world is purely geometrical structure. Along the way, ... More


Entropy and the Time Evolution of Macroscopic Systems

Walter T. Grandy, Jr.

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199546176
eISBN:
9780191720161
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546176.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

This book is based on the premise that the entropy concept, a fundamental element of probability theory as logic governs all of the thermal physics, both equilibrium and nonequilibrium. The ... More


Analytical Mechanics for Relativity and Quantum Mechanics

Oliver Johns

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198567264
eISBN:
9780191717987
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567264.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics

This book provides an innovative and mathematically sound treatment of the foundations of analytical mechanics and the relation of classical mechanics to relativity and quantum theory. A ... More


Essential Quantum Mechanics

Gary Bowman

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199228928
eISBN:
9780191711206
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228928.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Condensed Matter Physics / Materials

Quantum mechanics — central not only to physics, but also to chemistry, materials science, and other fields — is notoriously abstract and difficult. This book is a concise, explanatory book that ... More


Free Will and Consciousness: How Might They Work?

Roy F. Baumeister, Alfred R. Mele, and Kathleen D. Vohs (eds)

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195389760
eISBN:
9780199863341
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389760.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This volume is aimed at readers who wish to move beyond debates about the existence of free will and the efficacy of consciousness and closer to appreciating how free will and consciousness might ... More


An Introduction to Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis

J. N. Reddy

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198525295
eISBN:
9780191711671
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525295.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

This book presents the theory and computer implementation of the finite element method as applied to nonlinear problems of heat transfer and similar field problems, fluid mechanics (flows of ... More


Concepts in Thermal Physics

Stephen J. Blundell and Katherine M. Blundell

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199562091
eISBN:
9780191718236
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562091.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

An understanding of thermal physics is crucial to much of modern physics, chemistry, and engineering. This book provides a modern introduction to the main principles that are foundational to thermal ... More


Nature's Capacities and Their Measurement

Nancy Cartwright

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198235071
eISBN:
9780191597169
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198235070.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This book on the philosophy of science argues for an empiricism, opposed to the tradition of David Hume, in which singular rather than general causal claims are primary; causal laws express facts ... More


The Quantitative Transformation of Natural Philosophy

Stephen Gaukroger

in The Emergence of a Scientific Culture: Science and the Shaping of Modernity 1210-1685

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199296446
eISBN:
9780191711985
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296446.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter looks at attempts to quantify natural phenomena and, in particular, forces. Early efforts along these lines — notably by Galileo and Descartes — tried to extrapolate from statics to ... More


The Optics of Life: A Biologist's Guide to Light in Nature

Sönke Johnsen

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691139906
eISBN:
9781400840663
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691139906.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

Optics—a field of physics focusing on the study of light—is also central to many areas of biology, including vision, ecology, botany, animal behavior, neurobiology, and molecular biology. This book ... More


Physics of Ice

Victor F. Petrenko and Robert W. Whitworth

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780198518945
eISBN:
9780191707247
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198518945.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Crystallography

Ice is one of the most abundant and environmentally important materials on Earth, and its unique and intriguing physical properties present fascinating areas of study. This book takes as its subject ... More


t w o The True Estimation of Living Forces Kant's Theory of Dynamics

Martin Schöneld

in The Philosophy of the Young Kant: The Precritical Project

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780195132182
eISBN:
9780199786336
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195132181.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter explores the text and contentions of Kant’s first book, Thoughts on the True Estimation of Living Forces (1747). Section 1 describes how Kant’s debut turned into a debacle. Section 2 ... More


Introduction to Quantum Information Science

Vlatko Vedral

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199215706
eISBN:
9780191706783
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215706.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

In addition to treating quantum communication, entanglement, error correction, and algorithms in great depth, this book also addresses a number of interesting miscellaneous topics, such as Maxwell's ... More


Statistical Physics of Spin Glasses and Information Processing: An Introduction

Hidetoshi Nishimori

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198509417
eISBN:
9780191709081
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198509417.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

Spin glasses are magnetic materials with strong disorder. Statistical mechanics has been a powerful tool to theoretically analyse various unique properties of spin glasses. A number of new analytical ... More


Path Integrals in Quantum Mechanics

Jean Zinn-Justin

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198566748
eISBN:
9780191717994
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198566748.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

Path integrals are mathematical objects that can be considered as generalizations to an infinite number of variables, represented by paths, of usual integrals. They share the algebraic properties of ... More


Action-minimizing Methods in Hamiltonian Dynamics (MN-50): An Introduction to Aubry-Mather Theory

Alfonso Sorrentino

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691164502
eISBN:
9781400866618
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691164502.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, Applied Mathematics

John Mather's seminal works in Hamiltonian dynamics represent some of the most important contributions to our understanding of the complex balance between stable and unstable motions in classical ... More


The fundamental law

JESPER LÜTZEN

in Mechanistic Images in Geometric Form: Heinrich Hertz's 'Principles of Mechanics'

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198567370
eISBN:
9780191717925
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567370.003.0016
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

In the usual Newtonian-Laplacian image, Isaac Newton's three laws of motion are often taken as the basic ones. Heinrich Hertz, on the other hand, formulated one and only one law of motion: that every ... More


Free systems

JESPER LÜTZEN

in Mechanistic Images in Geometric Form: Heinrich Hertz's 'Principles of Mechanics'

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198567370
eISBN:
9780191717925
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567370.003.0017
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

Heinrich Hertz's strategy for studying the motion of mechanical systems was to deal first with free systems, to which the fundamental law applies, and then with unfree systems considered as ... More


Unfree systems. Forces

JESPER LÜTZEN

in Mechanistic Images in Geometric Form: Heinrich Hertz's 'Principles of Mechanics'

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198567370
eISBN:
9780191717925
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567370.003.0019
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

In his book Principles of Mechanics, Heinrich Hertz discussed the motion of unfree systems. He made the crucial assumption that every unfree system is ‘a portion of a more extended free system’ (a ... More


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