What is Foundations of physics: Definition and 12 Discussions

Foundations of Physics is a monthly journal "devoted to the conceptual bases and fundamental theories of modern physics and cosmology, emphasizing the logical, methodological, and philosophical premises of modern physical theories and procedures". The journal publishes results and observations based on fundamental questions from all fields of physics, including: quantum mechanics, quantum field theory, special relativity, general relativity, string theory, M-theory, cosmology, thermodynamics, statistical physics, and quantum gravity
Foundations of Physics has been published since 1970. Its founding editors were Henry Margenau and Wolfgang Yourgrau. The 1999 Nobel laureate Gerard 't Hooft was editor-in-chief from January 2007. At that stage, it absorbed the associated journal for shorter submissions Foundations of Physics Letters, which had been edited by Alwyn Van der Merwe since its foundation in 1988. Past editorial board members (which include several Nobel laureates) include Louis de Broglie, Robert H. Dicke, Murray Gell-Mann, Abdus Salam, Ilya Prigogine and Nathan Rosen. Carlo Rovelli was announced as new editor-in-chief in February 2016.

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  1. Marco211298

    I Doubts regarding my interpretation of Wigner’s Friend Scenario

    I have some doubts regarding my personal interpretation that i was contemplating about in the context of Wigner's friend experiment (also tested in the laboratory recently). Could it be that a system is always in a superposition, and when we perform a measurement, we obtain a definite value due...
  2. A. Neumaier

    Insights Interview with Mathematician and Physicist Arnold Neumaier - Comments

    Greg Bernhardt submitted a new PF Insights post Interview with Mathematician and Physicist Arnold Neumaier Continue reading the Original PF Insights Post. Arnold will welcome science questions and comments only.
  3. J

    A What physics would look like if QM had not been invented?

    It is hard to imagine that classical mechanics could develop in an essentially different way - Newton, derivatives, Coulomb etc. This seems a very natural evolution of understanding and intuitions. However, the early XX century physics: axioms of QM (and GRT) seems strongly dependent on a...
  4. A. Neumaier

    I Particles from a thermal source

    In the following, I want to consider both photons in a sharply focussed, monochromatic beam of light (''type P'') and electrons in an electron beam (''type E'') on the same footing. In the following, X is either P or E. If we only concentrate on the internal degrees of freedom, both kinds of...
  5. A. Neumaier

    I Is the collapse indispensable?

    I studied lots of points of view, and lots of how physicists actually use quantum mechanics in the applications. I came to the conclusion that there is an objective and a subjective side to quantum mechanics. The collapse belongs to the subjective side, since it is associated with ''knowledge''...
  6. A. Neumaier

    I Quantum mechanics is not weird, unless presented as such

    Does quantum mechanics have to be weird? It sells much better to the general public if it is presented that way, and there is a long history of proceeding that way. But in fact it is an obstacle for everyone who wants to truly understand quantum mechanics, and to physics students who have to...
  7. Telemachus

    What we mean when we talk of foundations of physics?

    I wans't sure on where I should post this question. So, if this place is inappropriate, please move it to a proper section. The question is as its posed in the title of this topic. What we mean by foundations of physics? when someone talks of the foundations of physics, what is he/she talking...
  8. Spinnor

    Foundations of physics Special Issue: Forty Years of String Theory

    "Foundations of physics" Special Issue: Forty Years of String Theory http://www.springer.com/physics/history+&+philosophical+foundations+of+physics/journal/10701 If this has already been mentioned feel free to delete this post. Articles free through march, A Critical Look at Strings (Carlo...
  9. A

    First term of foundations of physics vs the second term

    I took the first term of a Foundations of Physics sequence (251) last year, and understood most of the material fairly well. It was calculus based Newtonian mechanics; units and vectors; one-dimensional motion; Newton’s laws; work and energy; momentum and collisions. Since it's been a year...
  10. Hans de Vries

    Foundations of Physics, the magazine, open access articles.

    Since January 2007 with Nobel prize laureate Gerardus ‘t Hooft appointed as editor-in-chief. His first editorial is here: http://www.springerlink.com/content/867288v5118851k7/fulltext.pdf The magazine is here: http://www.springerlink.com/content/1572-9516/ The January and February...
  11. D

    Philosophical Foundations of Physics

    Dear Sirs, I am posting here for one reason and one reason only. There are apparently a great number of powerful people on the main forum who would like me to go away. If they were the only people on the forum, I would certainly do so; however, I think leaving would do a great disservice to...