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The study of the physical world had its origins in philosophy, and, two-and-one-half millennia later, the scientific advances of the twentieth century are bringing the two fields closer together again. So argues Lawrence Sklar in this brilliant new text on the philosophy of physics.Aimed at students of both disciplines, Philosophy of Physics is a broad overview of the problems of contemporary philosophy of physics that readers of all levels of sophistication should find accessible and engaging. Professor Sklar's talent for clarity and accuracy is on display throughout as he guides students through the key problems: the nature of space and time, the problems of probability and irreversibility in statistical mechanics, and, of course, the many notorious problems raised by quantum mechanics.Integrated by the theme of the interconnectedness of philosophy and science, and linked by many references to the history of both disciplines, Philosophy of Physics is always clear, while remaining faithful to the complexity and integrity of the issues. It will take its place as a classic text in a field of fundamental intellectual importance.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813306254
ISBN-10: 0813306256
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Pages: 246
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 26-Oct-1992
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Lawrence Sklar

Lawrence Sklar is professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan.

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