Interpreting Physics

Language and the Classical/Quantum Divide

  • Edward MacKinnon

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

  • Edward MacKinnon
    • 1
  1. 1.California State University East BayOaklandUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-2368-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-2369-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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