PHIL 485: Philosophy of Physics
(3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered even-numbered years.
Prereq: 3 credits in philosophy or 3 credits in physics
Conceptual and philosophical issues relating to the interpretation of theories in classical and modern physics. May include one or more of the following topics: the relationship between mathematics and the physical world; Newtonian physics (determinism and predictability); thermodynamics and statistical physics (the nature of probability; entropy and the direction of time); relativistic physics (indeterminism; realism and nonlocality; consciousness and the role of the observer).