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Physics interface

Stig Stenholm

in The Quest for Reality

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199603589
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729270 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603589.003.0007
Physics interface

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It is argued that the Tractatus is an analogy of the classical description of physical reality. We know that this had to be replaced by the much more ephemeral quantum theory. It is argued that many of the features of Wittgenstein's later work could have been applied to quantum physics, if only he had known about this. The argument at some points refers directly to modern physics in a way Wittgenstein could not have done; he did not know modern science.

Keywords: Tractatus; quantum theory; Stenius; classical physics

Chapter.  5743 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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