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Time, The Physical Magnitude

  • Olivier Costa De Beauregard

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 99)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Generalities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Olivier Costa de Beauregard
      Pages 3-9
  3. Lawlike ‘Equivalence’ Between Time and Space

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Olivier Costa de Beauregard
      Pages 13-16
    3. Olivier Costa de Beauregard
      Pages 28-41
    4. Olivier Costa de Beauregard
      Pages 53-66
    5. Olivier Costa de Beauregard
      Pages 67-94
  4. Lawlike Time Symmetry and Factlike Irreversibility

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Olivier Costa de Beauregard
      Pages 97-118
    3. Olivier Costa de Beauregard
      Pages 119-128
    4. Olivier Costa de Beauregard
      Pages 142-149
  5. Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and the Problem of Becoming

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Olivier Costa de Beauregard
      Pages 167-184
    3. Olivier Costa de Beauregard
      Pages 185-195
    4. Olivier Costa de Beauregard
      Pages 233-243
    5. Olivier Costa de Beauregard
      Pages 244-264
  6. An Outsider’s View of General Relativity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 285-285
    2. Olivier Costa de Beauregard
      Pages 287-294
    3. Olivier Costa de Beauregard
      Pages 295-298
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 299-340

About this book

Introduction

In an age characterized by impersonality and a fear of individuality this book is indeed unusual. It is personal, individualistic and idiosyncratic - a record of the scientific adventure of a single mind. Most scientific writing today is so depersonalized that it is impossible to recognize the man behind the work, even when one knows him. Costa de Beauregard's scientific career has focused on three domains - special relativity, statistics and irreversibility, and quantum mechanics. In Time, the Physical Magnitude he has provided a personal vade mecum to those problems, concepts, and ideas with which he has been so long preoccupied. Some years ago we were struck by a simple and profound observa­ tion of Mendel Sachs, the gist of which follows. Relativity is based on very simple ideas but, because it requires highly complicated mathe­ matics, people find it difficult. Quantum mechanics, on the other hand, derives from very complicated principles but, since its mathematics is straightforward, people feel they understand it. In some ways they are like the bourgeois gentilhomme of Moliere in that they speak quantum mechanics without knowing what it is. Costa de Beauregard recognizes the complexity of quantum mechanics. A great virtue of the book is that he does not hide or shy away from the complexity. He exposes it fully while presenting his ideas in a non-dogmatic way.

Keywords

Galileo Galilei calculus of probability invariance probability quantum mechanics

Authors and affiliations

  • Olivier Costa De Beauregard
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut Henri PoincaréParisFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-3811-3
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8195-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-3811-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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