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Eddington's Search for a Fundamental Theory: A Key to the Universe

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ISBN-13: 978-0521017282
ISBN-10: 0521017289
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"...an interesting window on the turbulent onset of the `new physics' during the first forty years of this century," David Kaiser, Isis

"...a valuable addition to the literature." Julian B. Barbour, The Times Higher Education Supplement

"...an illuminating description of the development of theoretical physics in the first half of the twentieth century from a unique point of view: how it affected Eddington's thought....will be of interest to anyone with a curiosity about physics and the development of theories of nature." Louis H. Kauffman, Mathematical Reviews

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A reconciliation of theories of the very small and the very large scale is a key issue in physics. Many people are unaware that back in the thirties, Sir Arthur Eddington, the celebrated astrophysicist, made great strides towards his own 'theory of everything'. In 1936 and 1946 Eddington's last two books were published. Unlike his earlier lucid and authoritative works, these are strangely tentative and obscure. This volume examines how Eddington came to write these uncharacteristic books and what value they have to modern physics. The result is a unique, illuminating description of the development of theoretical physics in the first half of the twentieth century. This will provide fascinating reading for scholars in the philosophy of science, theoretical physics, applied mathematics and the history of science.
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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (July 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521017289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521017282
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,634,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ever since I was an undergraduate in physics at MIT in 1974 and found an obscure reference to Eddington's theory in another book (Applied Group Theoretic and Matrix Methods by Brian Higman), I've been reading Eddington's books and papers dealing with his theory and trying to understand his ideas. Finally there is a book that was written by someone who has studied them extensively, published papers dealing with them and obviously has an excellent understanding of this subject.
I have read this book several times and now have a good idea of where Eddington got his ideas and why he got them. The book has explained much of why it is so difficult to understand Eddington's writings. It has made me understand why he was convinced that his algebra was crucial to understanding physics. Also it points out some of the errors in his thinking.
If you are familiar with Eddington's works and want to understand them better, this is the book for you.
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