Semantics of Physical Theories

  • E. W. Beth
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 3)


(1) In order to characterize the kind of problem which I wish to consider, I first briefly discuss a situation which is known from classical mechanics. The state of a certain material system at an epoch t is characterized by the values of the canonical variables q and p, the number of which may be reduced, for the sake of brevity and simplicity, to one of each type.


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  1. 1).
    J. von Neumann, Mathematische Grundlagen der Quantenmechanik, Berlin 1932, pp. 130–134; cf. P. Jordan, Quantenlogik und das kommutative Gesetz, in: L. Henkin, P. Suppes, A. Tarski (ed.), The Axiomatic Method, Amsterdam (Studies in Logic) 1959, pp. 365–375.Google Scholar
  2. 3).
    H. Weyl, Gruppentheorie und Quantenmechanik, 2nd edition, Leipzig 1931, pp. 220–222; J. von Neumann, op. cit., pp. 144, 150; W. Heisenberg, Die physikalischen Prinzipien der Quantentheorie, Leipzig 1930, pp. 101 ff.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. W. Beth
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  1. 1.Municipal UniversityAmsterdamNetherlands

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