What Is Fundamental? by Anthony AguirreWhat Is Fundamental? by Anthony Aguirre

What Is Fundamental?

byAnthony AguirreEditorBrendan Foster, Zeeya Merali

Hardcover | March 29, 2019

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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.


Title:What Is Fundamental?Format:HardcoverProduct dimensions:187 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inShipping dimensions:9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:March 29, 2019Publisher:Springer NatureLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3030113000

ISBN - 13:9783030113001

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Table of Contents

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).