Christopher Caudwell's The Crisis in Physics is a stylish and readable analysis of the lines of connection between scientific theories and economic realities. Caudwell provides a trenchant critique of mechanism and positivism. In the words of J. B. S. Haldane, The Crisis in Physics offers a 'quarry of ideas' for future philosophers: a wealth of insights and arguments that demand and deserve continuing critical reflection.
Christopher Caudwell was the pen name of Christopher St. John Sprigg, a self-taught polymath and active member of the Poplar Branch of the Communist Party. Caudwell was killed in action on February 12th 1937, and all his significant works on literature, aesthetics, philosophy, science, history, religion and many other topics were published posthumously. Caudwell remains an interesting and controversial figure in the history of British Marxism.