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Russell's The Analysis of Matter as the First Book on Quantum Gravity

Mikki, Said (2021) Russell's The Analysis of Matter as the First Book on Quantum Gravity. [Preprint]

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Abstract

The goal of this note is to bring into wider attention the often neglected important work by Bertrand Russell on the foundations of physics published in the late 1920s. In particular, we emphasize how the book \textit{The Analysis of Matter} can be considered the earliest systematic attempt to unify the modern quantum theory, just emerging by that time, with general relativity. More importantly, it is argued that the idea of what I call \textit{Russell space}, introduced in Part III of that book, is more fundamental than quantum theory, general relativity, and quantum gravity since since the topological ordinal space proposed by Russell would naturally incorporate into its very fabric the emergent nature of spacetime by deploying event assemblages, and not spacetime or particles, as the fundamental building blocks of the world.


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Mikki, Saidsaid.m.mikki@gmail.com0000-0002-0225-1941
Keywords: Betrand Russell, event ontology, quantum gravity
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Depositing User: Said Mikki
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2021 03:24
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2021 03:24
Item ID: 18898
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Date: 5 April 2021
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18898

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