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Appearance and Reality an Introduction to the Philosophy of Physics

by Peter Kosso

  • ISBN: 9780195115154
  • ISBN10: 0195115155

Appearance and Reality an Introduction to the Philosophy of Physics

by Peter Kosso

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  • Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 08/01/1997
  • ISBN: 9780195115154
  • ISBN10: 0195115155
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Description: PrefaceIntroduction1: Physics and PhilosophyWhy This Will Require Both Physics and PhilosophyStandards of ProofFrom Physics to PhilosophyUseful Philosophical ConceptsPhilosophical IssuesPhilosophical Evidence2: Appearance and RealityScientific ObservationThe Conceptual InfluenceThe Physical InfluenceNature as It IsPhilosophical Arguments about RealismReturn to Bohr3: The Special Theory of RelativityThe Principle of RelativitySpace and TimeRelative and Absolute PropertiesThe Foundations of the Special Theory of RelativityConsequences of the Absolute Speed of Light The Relativity of Simultaneity Time Dilation Length ContractionMitch's ParadoxNothing Can Go Faster Than the Speed of LightSummary of the Special Theory of Relativity4: The General Theory of RelativityGeneral Covariance and the Principle of EquivalenceConsequences of General Covariance and the Principle of EquivalenceThe Bending of LightGravitational Red-shift (Time Dilation)The Curvature of SpacetimeMach's PrincipleSummary of the General Theory of Relativity5: Relativity and RealismTwo Separate QuestionsThe Way Nature IsHow Do We Know the Theory is True?Summary6: Quantum MechanicsProbability, Cause and Effect, and DeterminismParticles and WavesThe State Function, Complementarity, and the Uncertainty PrincipleSpin and the EPR ExperimentBell's ProofSummary of Quantum Mechanics7: Quantum Mechanics and RealismWhat to Make of Bell's ProofThe Quantum/Classical DistinctionThe Copenhagen InterpretationThe Measurement ProblemAlternative Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics The Many-words Interpretation The Consciousness Interpretation It's All Quantum Mechanics Bohm's TheorySummary8: Realistic RealmTwo Kinds of Questions: Metaphysics and EpistemologyThe Metaphysical IssueThe Epistemological IssueIt's Not the End of the WorldReferences and Suggested ReadingPhilosophical BackgroundRelativityQuantum MechanicsHistorical and Biographical AccountsPrimary Sources
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