Wallace, David

Philosophy of physics : a very short introduction - Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2021 - 142 p. ; ill., 18 cm - Very short introductions v.668 .

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Philosophy of Physics: A Very Short Introduction explores the core topics of philosophy of physics through three key themes: the nature of space and time; the origin of irreversibility and probability in the physics of large systems; how we can make sense of quantum mechanics. Central issues discussed include: the scientific method as it applies in modern physics; the distinction between absolute and relative motion; the way that distinction changes between Newton's physics and special relativity; what spacetime is and how it relates to the laws of physics; how fundamental physics can make no distinction between past and future and yet a clear distinction exists in the world we see around us; why it is so difficult to understand quantum mechanics, and why doing so might push us to change our fundamental physics, to rethink the nature of science, or even to accept the existence of parallel universes.


Quantum theory
Absolute space
Bell's inequality
Coarse- grained descriptions
deBroglie- Bohm theory
Everett interpretation
Geometry first approach
Newton's theory
Hidden-variable theories
Ideal gas law
No-signalling theorem
Quantum states
String theory
Time ditation
Uniform probability measure

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