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    Vassar College
   
 
  Oct 24, 2017
 
 
    
Catalogue 2017-2018
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PHYS 150 - The Limits of the Universe and the Limits of Understanding


1 unit(s)
(Same as PHIL 150 ) This course allows students to combine their interests in physics and in philosophy, recognizing common concerns and actively engaging in joint difficulties. The guiding questions of this course can be formulated as follows: In what ways, and to what extent, do recent developments in physics (e.g. the notion of space that is both infinite and bounded because curved) either solve or bypass traditional philosophical paradoxes concerning space and time, causality, and objectivity? In what ways, and to what extent, do traditional philosophical worries (e.g. worries about incoherence, worries about theories that cannot be falsified, or worries about concepts whose application cannot be imagined) cast doubt on the accuracy or the methodology of current physics? Readings are from physics and philosophy. Jennifer Church, Cindy Schwarz.

May not count towards a physics concentration.

Not offered in 2017/18.

Two 75-minute periods.



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