# David Hilbert's Lectures on the Foundations of Physics 1915-1927 [electronic resource] : Relativity, Quantum Theory and Epistemology / edited by Tilman Sauer, Ulrich Majer.

##### Contributor(s): Sauer, Tilman [editor.] | Majer, Ulrich [editor.] | SpringerLink (Online service).

Material type: TextPublisher: Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2009Description: XII, 690 p. online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9783540682424.Subject(s): Quantum theory | Mechanics | Science -- Philosophy | History of Mathematical Sciences | Quantum Physics | Theoretical, Mathematical and Computational Physics | Classical Mechanics | Philosophy of ScienceAdditional physical formats: Printed edition:: No title; Printed edition:: No title; Printed edition:: No titleDDC classification: 510.9 Online resources: Click here to access onlineMitteilungen -- The Foundations of Physics: The Lectures (1916#x2013;1917) -- The Foundations of Physics: Specific Topics (1915?#x2013;1918) -- Epistemological Questions of Physics (1921 and 1923) -- Lectures on Radiation and Quantum Theory (1912) -- Lectures on Quantum Theory (1922#x2013;23 and 1926#x2013;27).

Volume 5 has three parts, dealing with General Relativity, Epistemological Issues, and Quantum Mechanics. The core of the first part is Hilbert’s two semester lecture course on ‘The Foundations of Physics’ (1916/17). This is framed by Hilbert’s published ‘First and Second Communications’ on the ‘Foundations of Physics’ (1915, 1917) and by a selection of documents dealing with more specific topics like ‘The Principle of Causality’ or a lecture on the new concepts of space and time held in Bucharest in 1918. The epistemological issues concern the intricate relation between nature and mathematical knowledge, in particular the question of irreversibility and objectivity (1921) as well as the subtle question whether what Hilbert calls the ‘world equations’ are physically complete (1923). The last part deals with quantum theory in its early, advanced and mature stages. Hilbert held lecture courses on the mathematical foundations of quantum theory twice, before and after the breakthrough in 1926. These documents bear witness to one of the most dramatic changes in the foundations of science.

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