Occam's Razor as a Formal Basis for a Physical Theory
Abstract
We introduce the principle of Occam's Razor in a form which can be used as a basis for economical formulations of physics. This allows us to explain the general structure of the Lagrangian for a composite physical system, as well as some other artificial postulates behind the variational formulations of physical laws. As an example, we derive Hamilton's principle of stationary action together with the Lagrangians for the cases of Newtonian mechanics, relativistic mechanics and a relativistic particle in an external gravitational field.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 September 2000
 arXiv:
 arXiv:mathph/0009007
 Bibcode:
 2000math.ph...9007S
 Keywords:

 Mathematical Physics;
 68Q30
 EPrint:
 29 pages