Physical Quantities, Dimensions and Constants: The Source of Numbers in Physics

  • Yu. I. Manin
Part of the Progress in Physics book series (PMP)


This is an overstatement. The principal aim of physical theories is understanding. A theory’s ability to find a number is merely a useful criterion for a correct understanding.


Physical Quantity Natural Unit Scalar Quantity Fundamental Constant Basic Quantity 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yu. I. Manin
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  1. 1.Steklov Mathematical InstituteMoscowUSSR

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