A series of lectures delivered by Dr Peter Rowlands
The principles which underpin physical law are at the heart of science. New ideas and new concepts are examined and evaluated in terms of how they lead to new insight into present paradigms. The lectures discuss methodology, important mathematical structures and various aspects of symmetry, how they lead to consistency, or otherwise, with present understanding, and how also they can facilitate quantitative analysis.
Zero to Infinity: The Foundations of Physics was published in 2007. The Foundations of Physical Law in 2014. These books represent first-ever attempts by any scientist to establish foundational laws in physics. Physics is one of the most fundamental scientific disciplines. Physics is one of the oldest academic disciplines and, if we include astronomy, perhaps the oldest. Physics is also called a "fundamental science" because all branches of the natural sciences including chemistry, geology and biology are ultimately dependent on laws of physics. What, then, are foundational laws in physics? Surprisingly, there are none! Until recently, that is.
Rowlands' proposes that two foundational Principles called 'duality' and 'zero-totality.' The zero-totality condition leads to a mathematical structure and a fundamental equation that drives the whole of physics. He argues that, "Ultimately, it would seem, duality is not merely a 'component' of physics but an expression of the fundamental nature of physics itself (p.443)."