Physics and Our View of the World

Physics and Our View of the World

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One of the central questions of physics is whether or not a Theory of Everything is possible. Many physicists believe that such a theory might be attainable, a belief which has led to speculation that we might one day 'know the mind of God'. But what would be the philosophical implications of having a blueprint for the Universe? In this fascinating book, a group of distinguished physicists and philosophers examine not only the claims of modern physics, but also the impact these claims have on our view of the world. Based on talks given at the Third Erasmus Ascension Symposium in The Netherlands, the book contains contributions from John Barrow, Paul Davies, Dennis Dieks, Willem Drees, Paul Feyerabend, Bas van Fraassen, Mary Hesse, Gerard 't Hooft and Ernan McMullin. At a time when many people view science with deep suspicion, this book will be of great interest to anyone wishing to explore the complex relationships that exist between physics and philosophy, theology and ideology.These complex systems are typified by the presence of feedback, self- organization and locally-purposeful behaviour. ... but because of the way in which their constituents are organized.15 It is the circuit diagram of a neural network that is ... No Theory of Everything that the particle physicists supply us with will shed any light upon the workings of the human brain or the nervous system of an elephant.

Title:Physics and Our View of the World
Author:Jan Hilgevoord, Praemium Erasmianum Foundation
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 1994


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