Foundations of Physical Law

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.

Lecture 1: Introduction to Foundational Physics

1. Introduction to Foundational Physics Slides

1. Introduction to Foundational Physics Transcript

Lecture 2: Mathematical Ideas and Methods‌‌

2. Mathematical Ideas and Methods Slides

2. Mathematical Ideas and Methods Transcript

Lecture 3: The Most Primitive Concepts

3. The Most Primitive Concepts Slides

3. The Most Primitive Concepts Transcript

Lecture 4: A Fundamental Symmetry

4. A Fundamental Symmetry Slides

4. A Fundamental Symmetry Transcript

Lecture 5: Nilpotent Quantum Mechanics 1

5. Nilpotent Quantum Mechanics 1 Slides

5. Nilpotent Quantum Mechanics 1 Transcript

Lecture 6: Nilpotent Quantum Mechanics 2

6. Nilpotent Quantum Mechanics 2 Slides

6. Nilpotent Quantum Mechanics 2 Transcript

Lecture 7: Nilpotent Quantum Field Theory

7. Nilpotent Quantum Field Theory Slides

7. Nilpotent Quantum Field Theory Transcript

Lecture 8: Gravity

8. Gravity Slides

8. Gravity Transcript

Lecture 9: Particles

9. Particles Slides

9. Particles Transcript

Lecture 10. Return to Symmetries

10. Return to Symmetries Slides

10. Return to Symmetries Transcript

Videos of all of these lectures have been posted on Youtube