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Philosophy of Physics: A Very Short Introduction

David Wallace

April 2021

ISBN: 9780198814320

168 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

Philosophy of physics is concerned with the deepest theories of modern physics - quantum theory, our theories of space, time and symmetry, and thermal physics - and their strange, even bizarre conceptual implications. This book explores the core topics in philosophy of physics, and discusses their relevance for both scientists and philosophers.

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Philosophy of physics is concerned with the deepest theories of modern physics - quantum theory, our theories of space, time and symmetry, and thermal physics - and their strange, even bizarre conceptual implications. This book explores the core topics in philosophy of physics, and discusses their relevance for both scientists and philosophers.

  • Considers some of the core conceptual questions in current physics, such as quantum theory, spacetime and symmetry, thermal physics
  • Discusses the benefits of a deeper understanding of philosophy of physics for both physicists and philosophers
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

David Wallace, Mellon Professor of Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

David Wallace is the Mellon Chair in Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, and has joint affiliations with the department of Philosophy and the department of History and Philosophy of Science at Pittsburgh. He has previously taught at Oxford University and University of Southern California. He has worked on many areas of philosophy of physics, including statistical mechanics, symmetry, quantum field theory, and quantum gravity, but he is best known for his work on the Everett (many-worlds) interpretation of quantum mechanics. He is the author of The Emergent Multiverse, (2012).

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1:The methods and fruits of science
    2:Motion and intertia
    3:Relativity and its philosophy
    4:Reduction and irreversibility
    5:Mysteries of the quantum
    6:Interpreting the quantum
    Further Reading
    Index