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Physics publications are of two kinds: those with nominal prices to cover the costs of publication; and those that will be sent free of charge upon request.

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  1. On The Algebraic Structure of Causation: Giving Mathematical Expression to Philosophical Perspectives:

    An examination is made of algebraic structures ( lattices, operator algebras, automorphic functions. matrix algebras, modal logics ) appearing in the causal frameworks of various sciences, ( physics, biology, geology. etc. ). From this discussion there emerges the notion of the Causal Algebra , a universal way of representing the categories of the Possible, Impossible, Potential and Actual, applicable to all the sciences..........$ 15

  2. Time, Euclidean Geometry and Relativity

    Traditional assumptions about temporal observation, time reckoning and the constructibility of clocks are controversially examined. The constructibility of clocks sets conditions on the dynamic laws that govern any universal physical order. Ultimately one is obliged to set up an axiomatic system for the time dimension not unlike those developed for spatial geometry.

    In this paper axioms are derived for homogeneous time, linear time, cyclic time and a form of temporal dimension called linear-cyclic time, linear in the macrosphere , cyclic at the quantum level...............$10

  3. Quantum Theory: The Unknown and the Unknowable.

    In 1967 the author delivered a series of public lectures at the University of Pennsylvania on the philosophical problems of classical quantum theory. These lectures, several times revised and updated since then, form the basis of a 60 page essay. The ideas of Planck, Bohr, Heisenberg, Einstein, and Schrodinger are described without benefit of mathematics, for a college educated audience. In its present form, the essay includes treatments of the EPR thought experiment, Bell's Paradox and Aspect's experiment .......................$10

  4. In Memoriam Einstein: The Einstein Centennial Symposium, March 1979

    Using techniques of deception traditional to investigative journalism , this author was admitted to the most prestigious physics party of the late 70's, the celebration at the Institute for Advanced Study of the 100th anniversary of Einstein's birth. A French version of this report was eventually published in Les Temps Modernes , includes coverage of major survey lectures by Pais, Kuhn, Chern, Hawking, Sciama, Rees, Wigner, Jost and many others, as well as informal interviews and confrontations with Dirac, Hawking, Wheeler, Grunbaum, Teitelboim, Chandrasekhar, Helen Dukas, Harry Woolf and other scientists, journalists, bankers, students, kitchen personnel and janitors ...............................................$12

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  1. Barrier Theory: Finitism & Intuitionism in Physics

    One of the ways by which contemporary and classical physics differ is through the imposition of barriers on certain fundamental quantities, observables previously assumed to be potentially infinite. Examples of this procedure may be found in Special Relativity , which places an upper limit on the speed of light, and the quantum theory which, among other things, sets a lower bound of 'zero-point energy' on the energy states of sub-atomic systems.

    This essay investigates the consequences of postulating barriers on observables such as time ( minimum time quantum) , density, ( minimum space matter ratio) , acceleration. and the gravitational and electromagnetic potentials

  2. Newton's Laws & The Uncertainty Principle

    It is shown that classical quantum theory limits the applicability of Newton's laws of motion to the sub-atomic domain. The argument is operational: the possibility of calculating time derivatives is restricted by the Uncertainty Principle. A construction for the time operator is suggested, and arguments given for positing two forms of momentum, time-dependent and time-independent

  3. Projective Concepts & Projective Constructs in Relativity and Quantum Theory

    An abridgment of this paper was delivered at theBolyai-Lobachevsky Non-Euclidean Geometry Conference in Nyerigyhaza, Hungary, July 1999 . A projective concept is any mathematical entity definable in the language of Projective Geometry. A projective construct is a representation in RP2 of some projective concept through suitable reinterpretations of 'lines' and 'points'.

    These models are applied to the representation spaces of modern physics. A Projective Postulate is enunciated : " When the natural model for some observed phenomenon is a projective construct , then its projective dual must also exist in nature " . This postulate is invoked to relate the Hubble expansion field of the universe to the line-bundle on the light cone.

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