## David Hilbert’s Lectures on the Foundations of Physics 1915–1927 by Tilman Sauer and Ulrich Majer pdf

David Hilbert’s Lectures on the Foundations of Physics 1915–1927 by Tilman Sauer and Ulrich Majer pdf free download. The present Volume is the fifth in a series of six presenting a selection from Hilbert’s previously unpublished lecture notes on the foundations of mathematics and physics during the period from 1890 to 1933. Hilbert’s lecture courses represent an enormous fund of learning and invention, and embrace almost every subject common in the mathematical sciences of his day, including mathematical physics. The notes therefore provide a remarkable record, sometimes almost from day to day, of the development of his foundational ideas, and show, in addition, his engagement with the work of other scientific figures of the first rank. The present Volume treats Hilbert’s lectures on relativity, quantum theory and epistemology from the fall of 1915 on.

### David Hilbert’s Lectures on the Foundations of Physics 1915–1927 by Tilman Sauer and Ulrich Majer pdf

During this period, Hilbert reached the height of his research investigations into the foundations of the natural sciences. The structure of this Edition, the nature, location, and condition of the Hilbert lecture notes, their provenance, and what we have been able to reconstruct of their history, are all described in the general ‘Introduction to the Edition’, which is to be found at the beginning of Volume 1. That Introduction also explains in detail the criteria for the selection of the texts, the way in which they were edited, and general matters of textual policy.

#### David Hilbert’s Lectures on the Foundations of Physics 1915–1927 by Tilman Sauer and Ulrich Majer pdf

Those matters are uniform for the entire Edition, and we have not repeated the full account here. We do, however, include a brief description of the textual policies in section 5 of the introduction to this Volume. This section is intended to provide all the basic information necessary to a reading of the texts, above all, information concerning the policies specific to this Volume. That these lectures are finally being published is the result of the efforts, over nearly two decades, of many individuals and institutions. The series as a whole is under the supervision of four General Editors, William Ewald, Michael Hallett, Ulrich Majer, and Wilfried Sieg, who bear the collective responsibility for editorial policy.

For each individual volume, Volume Editors were designated to produce the final selection of texts and to write the scholarly apparatus; this work was carried out in consultation with the General Editors. The designated Editors for this Volume were Tilman Sauer and Ulrich

Majer. It should be noted that Arne Schirrmacher worked on Hilbert’s lectures on radiation theory presented in Chapter 5, and Heinz-Jürgen Schmidt worked on Hilbert’s lectures on quantum theory presented in Chapter 6.

All the Editors wish to express their thanks to the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) for its generous financial support from 1993 to 2003. To edit even the mere fragment of the voluminous Hilbert Nachlaß that appears in these six volumes required a considerable institutional apparatus located in proximity to the archives in Göttingen. Without the assistance of the DFG,which enabled us to establish a permanent staff in Göttingen, the present Edition could never have been realized. Ulrich Majer, the General Editor

who was constantly ‘vor Ort’, supervised the permanent staff and thus had the task of dealing with all the technical problems that an edition of this sort must inevitably face.

We again acknowledge the indispensable scholarly, editorial and technical contributions to the Edition as a whole of Ralf Haubrich,

Albert Krayer, Tilman Sauer and Arne Schirrmacher, all at one time full-time members of the permanent staff. The final work for this particular Volume was made possible through the generous gift of a donor who has asked to remain anonymous. These funds made it possible for Tilman Sauer to be freed from his project duties as an editor of the Collected Papers of Albert Einstein for several months during

the summers of 2006 and 2007 and devote himself exclusively to work on the present Volume.

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