John B. Manchak
Study of philosophical issues raised by theories in physics or chemistry, such as whether space (time) is a substance, how causation and locality are treated in quantum mechanics, temporal anistropy and time travel, the nature of a field of force, the reduction of chemistry to physics. Prerequisite: one PHIL course.
We will investigate the mathematical and philosophical foundations of space and time. Our subject matter will include Aristotelian and Galilean theories of classical spacetime as well as Einstein's special and general theories of relativity. Prerequisite: PHIL 470 or 400 level MATH or PHYS course. TEXTS: General Relativity from A to B, Robert Geroch; Notes on Geometry and Spacetime, David Malament.
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