Matter and Force After Fifty Years of Quantum Theory [1963d]

  • Robert S. Cohen
  • John J. Stachel
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 21)


If one had asked any physicist about fifty or sixty years ago what was his view of the structure of the physical world, he would not have hesitated to say that it was based on an essential duality, on the interplay of two fundamental entities, which he would have called matter and force. This philosophy was propagated on the Continent in an immensely popular book by Büchner entitled Stoff und Kraft; it also gained favour in this country, under the less solemn guise of the character of the ideal physicist endowed by Tait with the name of Hermann Stoffkraft.


Atomic System Ideal Experiment Matter Wave Fundamental Entity Immense Number 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1979

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  • Robert S. Cohen
  • John J. Stachel

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