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What is Fundamental?

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Are there truly fundamental entities in nature? Or are the things that we regard as fundamental in our theories for example space, time or the masses of elementary particles merely awaiting a derivation from a new, yet to be discovered theory based on elements that are more fundamental? This was the central question posed in the 2018 FQXi essay competition, which drew more than 200 entries from professional physicists, philosophers, and other scholars. This volume presents enhanced versions of the fifteen award-winning essays, giving a spectrum of views and insights on this fascinating topic. From a prescription for when to stop digging to the case for strong emergence, the reader will find here a plethora of stimulating and challenging ideas - presented in a largely non-technical manner - on which to sharpen their understanding of the language of physics and even the nature of reality.

Published in cooperation with the renowned physics "think-tank" Foundational Questions Institute, FQXi

Presents specially reworked versions of the prize-winning essays from among more than 150 submissions

Contributors include top scientists, philosophers and thought leaders

Introduction.- Fundamental? (Emily Adlam).- Against Fundamentalism (Matthew Leifer).- The Politics of Fundamentality (Alyssa Ney).- Of Lego and Layers (and Fundamentalism) (Dean Rickles).- Fundamentality Here, Fundamentality There, Fundamentality Everywhere (Marc Séguin).- Mind before matter: reversing the arrow of fundamentality (Markus Müller).- Things, Laws, and the Human Mind (Tejinder Singh).- The Case for Strong Emergence (Sabine Hossenfelder).- Mad-Dog Everettianism: Quantum Mechanics at Its Most Minimal (Sean Carroll, Ashmeet Singh).- Bell's Theory of Beables and the Concept of 'Universe' (Ian Durham).- Fundamentality, Explanation, and the Unity of Science (Gregory Derry).- When do we stop digging? Conditions on a fundamental theory of physics (Karen Crowther).- Fundamental is Non-Random (Ken Wharton).- Socrates, Atoms, and Beig: A Dialogue (Mozibur Ullah).Fundamentality' as a Linguistic Paradigm (and Linguistics as a Fundamental Paradigm) (Aditya Dwarkesh).


Titel: What is Fundamental?
EAN: 9783030113001
ISBN: 978-3-030-11300-1
Format: Fester Einband
Herausgeber: Springer, Berlin
Genre: Physik & Astronomie
Anzahl Seiten: 187
Gewicht: 470g
Größe: H15mm x B243mm x T157mm
Jahr: 2019
Auflage: 1st ed. 2019

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