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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).