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The nature of physics

a physicist"s views on the history and philosophy of his science.

by Robert Bruce Lindsay

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Published by Brown University Press in Providence .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Physics.

  • Classifications
    LC ClassificationsQC6 .L425
    The Physical Object
    Paginationvi, 212 p.
    Number of Pages212
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL5603660M
    LC Control Number68010642

    It seemed obvious at the time that the particle and wave models of light were mutually exclusive. The latter says that the whole is infinite, but the former describes it as limited, 'equally balanced from the middle'. Even these things, however, can in a way be affected by chance, when one who is dealing with them does something to them by chance, but not otherwise. But those who make the elements infinite in number, as Anaxagoras and Democritus do, say that the infinite is continuous by contact-compounded of the homogeneous parts according to the one, of the seed-mass of the atomic shapes according to the other. This was the laser concept.

    Nobody appreciated better than Bohr himself that it was a very arbitrary model. Types of causes the four causes 1. But this cannot be true of what is infinite in full completion: for it must be a definite quantity. But Plato has two infinites, the Great and the Small. The question naturally arose: what other constituents went into the structure of atoms, which were electrically neutral? Example of "absolute" necessity: A wall would come about because of facts about its materials--the stones go to the bottom, the wood to the top because it's lighter.

    Hence at once such things will act and be acted on by one another in many ways: each of them will be capable at the same time of causing alteration and of being altered. A qualitative graph of intensity versus wavelength or frequency for the radiation from a hot body. What were these cathode rays? Each of them has within itself a principle of motion and of stationariness in respect of place, or of growth and decrease, or by way of alteration.


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The nature of physics by Robert Bruce Lindsay Download PDF Ebook

Now let us make a fresh start and proceed. Will it occupy the whole place, then? As The nature of physics book matter of convenience, but perhaps unfortunately, these different areas continued to be treated for the most part as separate fields of study, and textbooks continued to be divided up accordingly.

These are evident in the 2-volume edition. Similarly with the parts of wholes which are not continuous. Lastly 4 in each of his infinite bodies there would be already present infinite flesh and blood and brain—having a distinct existence, however, from one another, and no less real than the infinite bodies, and each infinite: which is contrary to reason.

Obviously physical bodies contain surfaces and volumes, lines and points, and these are the subject-matter of mathematics. Another mode of causation is the incidental and its genera, e. A primary reason for this need for ever increasing energies resides in the de Broglie relation: wavelength equals Planck's constant divided by momentum.

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All the causes now mentioned fall into four familiar divisions. Platonists: study forms, which is like the study of mathematics. Attempts to explain this spectrum in terms of the basic classical theory of electromagnetic radiation-- a well understood theory -- did not work at all well.

At the same time the holders of the theory of which we are speaking do incidentally raise physical questions, though Nature is not their subject: so it will perhaps be as well to spend a few words on them, especially as the inquiry is not without scientific interest.

Thus, those entities are natural which are The nature of physics book of starting to move, e. And with good reason. Thus to say that chance is a thing contrary to rule is correct. Consequently some assert earth, others fire or air or water or some or all The nature of physics book these, to be the nature of the things that are.

In one sense, then, 1 The nature of physics book out of which a thing comes to be and which persists, is called 'cause', e. It is intended to be used as one small part of a multifaceted strategy to teach physics conceptually and mathematically.

The electron is treated as a point particle. Aristotle discussed these matters, but he made a distinction between what was viewed as the perfect circular motion of stars, etc.

The idea is to achieve this by creating a plasma of certain light elements -- in particular the hydrogen isotopes of atomic mass 2 and 3 -- and make the system hot enough to produce nuclear fusion reactions. The existence of its partner of approximately equal mass, the neutron, was suggested by Rutherford in and was established experimentally by James Chadwick in There is, therefore, much to be said for those who make the underlying substance different from these four; of the rest, the next best choice is air, as presenting sensible differences in a less degree than the others; and after air, water.

The end and the means towards it may come about by chance. Well before then, it had come to be realized that radiant heat was a form of electromagnetic radiation, which became visible when an object was sufficiently hot but also included radiation at much longer wavelengths.

The implication was that all atoms had an internal structure that included these novel particles, which of course we know today as electrons.

There is, indeed, a difficulty about part and whole, perhaps not relevant to the present argument, yet deserving consideration on its own account-namely, whether the part and the whole are one or more than one, and how they can be one or many, and, if they are more than one, in what sense they are more than one.

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