Mathematics and Society

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pp: 101–129

DOI: 10.4171/164-1/8

The quest for laws and structure

Jürg M. Fröhlich[1]

(1) ETH Zürich, Switzerland

The purpose of this paper is to illustrate, on some concrete examples, the quest of theoretical physicists for new laws of Nature and for appropriate mathematical structures that enables them to formulate and analyze new laws in as simple terms as possible and to derive consequences therefrom. The examples are taken from thermodynamics, atomism and quantum theory.

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