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HPSC3850 Philosophy of Modern Physics

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2005/06

Pre-requisites

EITHER: 20 credits of Level-2 Physics (or equivalent) OR: A-level Physics (or equivalent) together with 20 credits in Level-2 HPS or Level-2 Logic & Language or Theoretical Core Philosophy modules.

This module is approved as an Elective

Objectives

To provide a critical understanding of the development of 20th century physics and its leading philosophical problems, together with an introduction to some of the more technical results in foundations of physics

Syllabus

This module will provide an examination of the background to the development of quantum mechanics and the special and general theories of relativity; also, the philosophical issues connected with these theories, such as determinism, causality and the nature of space and time.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Class time (2 hours per week) will be divided between lectures and discussion.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

2 x 1500 words essay (50% each).

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 20/09/2006

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