© 2012

Interpreting Physics

Language and the Classical/Quantum Divide


Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 289)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. The Language of Physics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Edward Mackinnon
      Pages 3-24
    3. Edward Mackinnon
      Pages 25-68
    4. Edward Mackinnon
      Pages 69-87
    5. Edward Mackinnon
      Pages 89-119
  3. The Classical/Quantum Divide

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-127
    2. Edward Mackinnon
      Pages 129-149
    3. Edward Mackinnon
      Pages 151-186
    4. Edward Mackinnon
      Pages 187-212
    5. Edward Mackinnon
      Pages 213-257
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 259-268

About this book


This book is the first to offer a systematic account of the role of language in the development and interpretation of physics. An historical-conceptual analysis of the co-evolution of mathematical and physical concepts leads ti the classical/quatum interface. Bohrian orthodoxy stresses the indispensability of classical concepts and the functional role of mathematics. We analyze ways of extending and then going beyond this orthodoxy orthodoxy. Finally, the book analyzes how a revised interpretation of physics impacts on basic philosophical issues: conceptual revolutions, realism, and reductionism.


funtional mathematics linguistic analysis quantum field theory quantum physics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.California State University East BayOaklandUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Interpreting Physics
  • Book Subtitle Language and the Classical/Quantum Divide
  • Authors Edward MacKinnon
  • Series Title Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science
  • Series Abbreviated Title Boston Stud.Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-2368-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-9576-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-2369-6
  • Series ISSN 0068-0346
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 270
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
    Physics, general
    History of Science
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