- Paperback: 479 pages
- Publisher: Ox Bow Press; First Edition edition (October 1, 1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 091802403X
- ISBN-13: 978-0918024039
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,684,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Nature of Physical Reality: A Philosophy of Modern Physics First Edition Edition
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I absolutely loved this book, save the anti-Kantian perspective that he maintains in his discourse on space and time. This aside, he gives very fair treatment to the Kant's philosophy when discussing nature as phenomena. From the text, it seems that his metaphysics mostly resides in the methodological, which is what I would expect from a very informed physicist's perspect. I disagree with it, but that doesn't diminish the value of this book.
I would also like to say that this book is very accessible. I think most people with a knowledge of basic physics of motion could handle this book. It is well written and very informative. This is certainly a book to be had and reread.
I personally used the content in 1960's when formulating a theory of data processing that later became known as entity-relationship, as his treatment of relationships and objects and characteristics were so clear and translated to entity, data-element, relationship ideas.
I called the idea "construct, relationship" but was later overcome by the pseudo-intellectual community that confused the concept of entity with construct.
Prof. Morganau made it clear: A construct is our concept of what exists as a function of our sensory inputs. An entity is what (if anything) actually (whatever that means) exists.
In a practical application, that means that if we have an Employee file, the entries are constructs. Whether or not there is an actual employee in real life depends on the accuracy of our database.
Of course, the work was published long before data processing, so I am interpreting it in modern terms that Prof. Morganau might find simplistic or even false, but if you read it today, you will see what I mean.
The work does not bog down with concepts such as "meaning", much less religion. It focuses on what is in our brains (constructs) as opposed to any possible external "reality" that may or may not exist.
Constructs are valid! If I see a heavy bowling ball and drop it on my foot, I will experience pain and misery for a long time. Fact.
Is there really a bowling ball? Do I really have a foot?
Who cares? It hurts like crazy!
That is the point.
I consider rather that this book advocates stubbornly the orthodox interpretation of quantum mechanics. For example the author presents a list of five axioms introduced by fiat and that do not eliminate ad hoc elements from the foundations. So for example, we can ask why we must accept that every observable is associated to an operator. In addition the many paradoxes of the orthodox theory are completely left aside. It is a pity, because I would like to know how philosophy can solve such physical problems.