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Physics and necessity : rationalist pursuits from the Cartesian past to the quantum present

Author: Olivier Darrigol
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book recounts a few ingenious attempts to derive physical theories by reason only, beginning with Descartes' geometric construction of the world, and finishing with recent derivations of quantum mechanics from natural axioms.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Additional Physical Format: Print version
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Olivier Darrigol
ISBN: 9780191781360 0191781363 019871288X 9780198712886 9780191021930 0191021938
OCLC Number: 883156843
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
Contents: 1. Rationalism in the history of mechanics ; 2. The necessity of classical mechanics ; 3. From mechanical reduction to general principles ; 4. Geometry ; 5. Spacetime ; 6. Numbers and math ; 7. Classical field theories ; 8. Quantum mechanics ; 9. Necessity, theories, and modules
Other Titles: Rationalist pursuits from the Cartesian past to the quantum present
Responsibility: Olivier Darrigol.

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