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Determinism and indeterminism in modern physics : historical and systematic studies of the problem of causality

Author: Ernst Cassirer
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 1956.
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Cassirer, Ernst, 1874-1945.
Determinism and indeterminism in modern physics.
New Haven, Yale University Press, 1956
(OCoLC)624768677
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ernst Cassirer
ISBN: 0300003471 9780300003475
OCLC Number: 568572
Description: xxiv, 227 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I. Historical introduction. The "Laplacean spirit" --
Metaphysical and critical determinism --
pt. II. The causality principle in classical physics. The basic types of statements in physics: statements of the results of measurements --
Statements of laws --
Statements of principles --
The general principle of causality --
pt. III. Causality and probability. Dynamic and statistical conformity to law --
The logical character of statistical statements --
pt. IV. The problem of causality in quantum theory. The foundations of quantum theory and the uncertainty relations --
The history and epistemology of the concept of the atom --
pt. V. Causality and continuity. The principle of continuity in classical physics --
The problem of the "material point" --
Concluding remarks and implications for ethics.
Other Titles: Determinismus und Indeterminismus in der modernen Physik.
Responsibility: by Ernst Cassirer ; translated by O. Theodor Benfey ; with a preface by Henry Margenau.

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