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  Philosophy of physics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Philosophy of physics is the study of the fundamental, philosophical questions underlying modern physics, the study of matter and energy and how they interact.
Perhaps the main questions concern the nature of space and time, atoms and atomism, cosmology, the interpretation of the results of quantum mechanics, the foundations of statistical mechanics, causality, determinism, and the nature of physical laws.
Today, the philosophy of physics is very close to and the most active subtopic within philosophy of science.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Philosophy_of_physics   (604 words)

 Philosophy of Physics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Other responses are more global C "physics is the study of the universe" or "physics is the science of all things".
The relationship of mathematics to physics is predominant C a common lament is "physics is math" or "physics is figuring out simplistic things in everyday life in a mathematically complex way".
Many see physics as an important aspect of their future with little sense of what is physics.
www.edu.gov.mb.ca /ks4/cur/science/ph40s/contents/phil.html   (1276 words)

 Physics and Philosophy : 2007/8 Oxford University Undergraduate Admissions
Physics and Philosophy is a demanding and rewarding course, combining as it does the most rigorous and fundamental subjects in the arts and the sciences.
The Oxford research group in philosophy of physics is extremely active, with interests in classical space-time theories, foundations of classical statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, quantum field theory, and quantum gravity.
The bridging subject, philosophy of physics, is studied in each of the first three years, and is an option in the fourth year.
www.admissions.ox.ac.uk /courses/phph.shtml   (702 words)

 USD - Philosophy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Philosophy courses may be taken as electives by students in all majors.
Trained in responsible, independent thought and action, philosophy grads area also using their skills in law, the ministry, journalism, education, computing theory, and in other fields.
Philosophy is a department within the College of Arts and Sciences.
www.usd.edu /philosophy   (270 words)

 Philosophy of Physics
An Introduction to the Philosophy of Physics: Locality, Fields, Energy, and Mass by Marc Lange (Blackwell) Combines physics, history, and philosophy in a radical new approach to introducing the philosophy of physics.
A principal aim of the philosophy of physics is to work out what the universe must (or may) be like considering the remarkable success that various theories in physics have had in predicting our observations.
I hope, then, that this book encourages students of physics and philosophy to continue their fruitful tradition of thinking hard about what reality has got to be like in order for our physical theories to succeed as well as they do in predicting our observations.
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 Hans Reichenbach [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
In 1926 Reichenbach became a professor of philosophy of physics at the University at Berlin.
Physical geometry is concerned with the real geometry, ie the geometry which is true in our physical world: it searches for the truth (or falsity) of axioms, using the methods of empirical science: experiments, measurements, etc; it is a branch of physics.
In his opinion, modern physics is concerned with problems that, until the late 19th century, were regarded as philosophical problems, eg the nature of space and time, the source of gravitation, the real extent of causality.
www.utm.edu /research/iep/r/reichenb.htm   (8071 words)

 Philosophy and Physics
The Physics (main) with Philosophy (subsidiary) combined courses at York make it possible for students to complement the study of the core of the Physics undergraduate programme with the study of those aspects of Philosophy (e.g.
The aim of the first year introductory modules in philosophy is to introduce students to major debates in philosophy, to give them some acquaintance with the work of important philosophers from the past, and, above all, to familiarise students with the discipline of writing and discussing philosophy.
The remaining 60 credits are chosen from the designated "core" modules or Philosophy of Science or the Special Subject (a 20 credit module for 3rd year students who wish to research and write a dissertation on a topic on their choice).
www.york.ac.uk /depts/phil/ugrad/philphys.htm   (665 words)

 A Brief History and Philosophy of Physics
This brief history and philosophy of physics has been written to give physics students some appreciation of where their discipline has come from, and of the philosophical principles underpinning it.
The first was that all physical phenomena must obey the same equations for people moving at different constant velocities (the principle of relativity), and the second was that the speed, c, measured for light does not depend on the speed of the "observer" (the person carrying out the measurement).
Physics still has a powerful role to play in the evolution of our society, and it is our individual and collective responsibility to choose its direction carefully.
www.trentu.ca /academic/physics/history_895.html   (12151 words)

 Philosophy of Physics Program   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Physics is the study of the most fundamental properties of matter and energy.
The physics faculty have concentrated their efforts in atomic and nuclear physics, statistical and condensed matter physics, biophysics, astrophysics, and the history and philosophy of physics.
Physics majors have worked on problems in these specialty areas, and also on projects in the interdisciplinary application of physics to medicine and problems in the environment.
curie.umd.umich.edu /Phys/philosophy.htm   (237 words)

 Philosophy and Physics - Objectivism Online Forum   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
When dealing with physics, an area where there is the possibility of determining an absolute unequivocal truth, any rule must conform to physics not seek to conform physics to it.
Having a 'philosophy' is not some kind of optional luxury for people with MAs and PhDs after their names - it is an essential aspect of conscious life that constitutes a pre-requisite to almost all other actions.
Philosophy and epistemology is a pre-requisite for all interpretation of physical data.
forum.objectivismonline.net /index.php?showtopic=395   (3021 words)

 Philosophy of Real Mathematics: Philosophy of physics
This is to appear in Handbook of the Philosophy of Physics edited by Jeremy Butterfield and John Earman.
4-5 of my book I raise the question as to why the philosophies of physics and mathematics have such differing relationships to the discipline each studies, and suggest that much of the difference is due to events in the history of analytic philosophy and the role it assigned to logic in philosophical analysis.
Most philosophers of physics avoid confrontation with that section of the analytic heartland know as metaphysics, but it is striking that when they do, they often reveal very large problems, such as when Jeremy Butterfield confronts David Lewis's metaphysics with the fact that it is incompatible even with classical mechanics.
www.dcorfield.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk /2006/02/philosophy-of-physics.html   (971 words)

 Epistemology and Modern Physics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Hence the physical sciences are assured of having a unique significance for philosophy, though this has not always been apparent in equal measure to philosophers of different periods.
The relation outlined between modern physics and philosophy could occasion regret that epistemology should cast the anchor of its criterion of truth into empirical science, and thereby partake of its uncertainty and mutability.
But if the hope of grounding philosophy on a firmer soil than that of experience and logic must be abandoned (and it has never been more than a hope anyway), this would have to be set off in the bargain against the advantage of having obtained any objective criterion at all.
www.marxists.org /reference/subject/philosophy/works/ge/schlick.htm   (2358 words)

 Digital Philosophy -- Ed Fredkin   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Digital Philosophy (DP) is a new way of thinking about the fundamental workings of processes in nature.
DP is an atomic theory carried to a logical extreme where all quantities in nature are finite and discrete.
At the most fundamental levels of physics, DP implies a totally discrete process called Digital Mechanics.
www.digitalphilosophy.org   (316 words)

 Ashgate Publishing
This series is motivated by the idea that the connections between philosophy and physics run very deep.
Philosophy of science should not be a "spectator sport", but should involve active engagement with contemporary scientific research, and moreover, general philosophical theories must be responsive to advances in scientific knowledge.
The series seeks to investigate the impact of late twentieth and early twenty-first century physics on such topics as metaphysics and epistemology - fields shaped by the seventeenth century revolutions in physics.
www.ashgate.com /subject_area/philosophy/physics_series.htm   (258 words)

 The Philosophy of Physics - Roberto Torretti
Roberto Torretti's The Philosophy of Physics is a volume in the Cambridge University Press series, "The Evolution of Modern Philosophy." It serves to introduce the philosophical underpinnings of and questions raised by modern physics (the physics of Galileo, Newton and beyond).
After a brief introduction as to the state of physics and philosophy in the seventeenth century, at the outset of the age of physics, Torretti proceeds with the expected advancements and advancers.
Torretti's understanding of the scientific questions at issue is also strong, and he manages to elucidate the connections between physics and philosophy fairly well.
www.complete-review.com /reviews/torretti/thepop.htm   (666 words)

 Philosophy Physics Metaphysics Articles on Truth and Reality by Philosopher of Science Geoff Haselhurst
Over the past ten years we have read many great minds on the subjects of truth and reality (physics, philosophy and metaphysics) and collected numerous famous quotes and images which make up a large part of these pages.
However, Philosophy and Metaphysics have always known that there was an underlying Dynamic Unity of Reality, to explain the necessary interconnection of all things in the Universe.
This is the most Simple Science Theory for describing physical reality, and it clearly works, as it deduces (and thus unites) fundamentals of Quantum Physics, Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity and Cosmology (see also the Problems of the Big Bang Theory).
www.spaceandmotion.com /Haselhurst-Philosophy-Physics-Articles.htm   (2140 words)

 University of York | Dept of Physics | Courses: Physics with Philosophy
The course is not intended primarily as one of the philosophy of science, but naturally lectures and seminars on this subject are included.
On the MPhys course, students may carry out a Philosophy project in their third year and are required to carry out a Physics project in their fourth year.
Philosophy of Physics; Philosophy of Maths; Kant; Rationality, Morality and Economics; Wittgenstein's Philosophy Investigations; Plato's Psychology and Politics; From Existentialism to Deconstruction.
www.york.ac.uk /depts/phys/ugrad/courses/physphil.htm   (216 words)

 Notebook of Philosophy and Physics
Mathematics had been an important part of physics since at least the time of Sir Isaac Newton, but Newton had assumed he was describing something with his equations.
Artists now have created fictional scenarios whereby humans lie down in a tank or on a table (or in a holodeck) and are fed data, creating the mental impression of a complete world in which they can romp and play and kill and be killed.
In particular, we have been slow to consider that the physicist's puzzlement over a world corresponding to mathematical formalism might be answered by analogy to our own efforts in creating worlds through the mathematical formalism of our programming languages.
www.bottomlayer.com /bottom/notebook.html   (482 words)

 Open Directory - Society: Philosophy: Philosophy of Science: Physics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Philosophical Foundations of Physics by R. Carnap - Positivist view of Physics, which had influenced the Copenhagen Interpretation of the Quantum mechanics (CI).
Philosophy of Physics - A collection of articles and notes from Soshichi Uchii, at Kyoto University.
Science and Philosophy - Comprises a high school course that offers source writings for study of the relationship between philosophical and scientific discoveries and personal world-views.
dmoz.org /Society/Philosophy/Philosophy_of_Science/Physics   (586 words)

 Heisenberg's Physics and Philosophy
THE origin of quantum theory is connected with a well-known phenomenon, which did not belong to the central parts of atomic physics.
Therefore, the radiation emitted by such a fl body at high temperatures is a suitable object for physical research; it is a simple phenomenon that should find a simple explanation in terms of the known laws for radiation and heat.
The assumption that this was actually true led to limitations in the use of those concepts that had been the basis of classical physics since Newton.
www.marxists.org /reference/subject/philosophy/works/ge/heisenb2.htm   (4007 words)

 MTU Physics - Academics - Graduate Programs - Doctor of Philosophy in Physics
Certain courses in physics are considered foundational for all students seeking graduate degrees in Physics, irrespective of intended research specialty.
Course work is not limited to preparation for specific research work, but has been selected to provide a general physics education to act as a foundation for future study and a career in physics.
Courses may be taken outside of Physics with written approval of the Department Chair, the Graduate Studies Committee Chair and the student's advisor.
www.phy.mtu.edu /graddegrees/PhDPhysics.html   (1276 words)

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 Effectuationism Philosophy, forum, truth, Socrates, physics, Peter Kinane
In this philosophy system- -model, many concepts, and the problems arising there-from, with which (Western) philosophy has been grappling for millennia, do not arise.
The Effectuationism Philosophy System is a new, very original, democracy, diversity and nature friendly philosophy system (of concepts), with 'three' criteria of the rigour of value — namely, coherence, coherence and coherence.
To emphasise: Philosophy systems throughout much of the world tell us to think in terms of "truth value(s)" rather than of "coherence of value(s)".
www.effectuationism.com   (752 words)

 Open Directory - Science: Physics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Physics and Astronomy Classification Scheme (PACS) - Hierarchical numbering scheme, developed by the American Institute of Physics, used to identify fields and sub-fields of physics.
Physics Central - A page on modern physics, such as quantum mechanics and fl holes, and some mathematics.
Physics on MathPages - Articles, leaning towards a mathematical description, on a wide range of topics in physics.
dmoz.org /Science/Physics   (463 words)

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