Interpretations of Modern Physics

  • Peter MittelstaedtEmail author
Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 169)


Since the advent of Modern Physics in 1905, when Einstein’s theory of Special Relativity appeared, we observe a rapidly increasing activity to “interpret” this new and for the present somewhat strange theory of Modern Physics. However, it should be emphasised, that Special Relativity was only the first one in a sequence of new theories, that allegedly required an “interpretation”. It was followed by General Relativity, which from a mathematical point of view is much more ambitious and thus even less comprehensible than Special Relativity. Accordingly, interpretations of General Relativity are concerned with mathematical subtleties as well as with purely conceptual problems. The third theory in the sequence in question is Quantum Mechanics. With General Relativity it shares the great mathematical complexity and intricacies, with Special Relativity the new conceptual situation, in particular the difficult interrelations between classical physics and the new theory. Hence, it should not be very surprising, that the majority of interpretations of modern physics are concerned with Quantum Mechanics.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Inst. Theoretische PhysikUniversität KölnKölnGermany

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