Philosophy of physics

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Contents

  1. Issues and positions
    1. Classical physics
    2. Statistical physics
    3. Emergence
    4. Quantum mechanics
    5. Interpretations of quantum mechanics
    6. The standard model of particle physics
    7. Beyond the standard model
    8. Cosmology
    9. Bracketing human experience
    10. Fine-tuning
  2. My thoughts
  3. Annotated bibliography
    1. Einstein, A., B. Podolsky, & N. Rosen (1935). Can Quantum-Mechanical Description of Physical Reality Be Considered Complete?
    2. Anderson, P. (1972). More is Different.
    3. Redhead, M. (1988). A Philosopher Looks at Quantum Field Theory.
    4. Giulini, D., E. Joos, C. Kiefer, J. Kupsch, I.O. Stamatescu, & H. Zeh (1996). Decoherence and the Appearance of a Classical World in Quantum Theory.
    5. Pusey, M.F., Barrett, J., & Rudolph, T. (2012). On the reality of the quantum state.
    6. More articles to do
  4. Links and encyclopedia articles
    1. SEP
    2. IEP
    3. Wikipedia
    4. Scholarpedia
    5. Others
    6. Videos
  5. References

Issues and positions

Classical physics

TODO.

Statistical physics

TODO.

Emergence

Thermodynamics. Statistical mechanics. Renormalization.

Quantum mechanics

Foundations of QM:

\(\hat{H} \: |n\rangle = E_{n} \: |n\rangle\)

\(|\psi\rangle = \sum_{n} a_{n} \: |n\rangle\)

\(P(n) = | \langle n | \psi \rangle |^{2} = |a_{n}|^{2}\)

The generators of the representation of a transformation in a Hilbert space are the operators representing the classical Noether charges that are conserved under that transformation.

\(\hat{U}(x^{\mu}) = e^{ -i \: \hat{P}_\mu \: x^\mu }\)

Secondary properties of QM:

\(\langle x | n \rangle = \psi_{n}(x)\)

\(i \hbar \: \partial_{t} \: |\psi\rangle = \hat{H} \: |\psi\rangle\)

\(i \hbar \: \partial_{t} \: \hat{U}(t) \: |\psi\rangle = \hat{H} \: \hat{U}(t) \: |\psi\rangle\)

\(\mathcal{H} = \mathcal{H}_\mathrm{S} \otimes \mathcal{H}_\mathrm{E}\)

\(|\alpha\rangle \otimes |\psi\rangle \rightarrow |\alpha\rangle \otimes |\psi; \alpha\rangle\)

“Atom” (2009) BBC documentary

Jim Al-Khalili tells the story of the greatest scientific discovery ever - that everything is made of atoms.

Interpretations of quantum mechanics

Figure 1: Interpretations of quantum mechanics (philosophy-in-figures.tumblr.com).

Figure 1: Interpretations of quantum mechanics (philosophy-in-figures.tumblr.com).

The standard model of particle physics

TODO.

Beyond the standard model

Cosmology

TODO.

Big bang. \(\Lambda\)+CMD Cosmological Standard Model. Inflation.

Bracketing human experience

Reductionism.

TODO.

Fine-tuning

My thoughts

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Annotated bibliography

Einstein, A., B. Podolsky, & N. Rosen (1935). Can Quantum-Mechanical Description of Physical Reality Be Considered Complete?

TODO.

My thoughts


Anderson, P. (1972). More is Different.

TODO.

My thoughts


Redhead, M. (1988). A Philosopher Looks at Quantum Field Theory.

In the collection: Brown, H. and R. Harré, Eds. (1988). Philosophical Foundations of Quantum Field Theory.

TODO.

My thoughts


Giulini, D., E. Joos, C. Kiefer, J. Kupsch, I.O. Stamatescu, & H. Zeh (1996). Decoherence and the Appearance of a Classical World in Quantum Theory.

TODO.

My thoughts


Pusey, M.F., Barrett, J., & Rudolph, T. (2012). On the reality of the quantum state.

My thoughts


SEP

IEP

Wikipedia

Scholarpedia

Others

Videos

References

Anderson, P. W. (1972). More Is Different. Science, 177, 393–396.

Lisi, A. G. (2017). Emergence. https://www.edge.org/response-detail/27149

Schwichtenberg, J. (2015). Physics from Symmetry. Springer.


  1. Anderson (1972).

  2. Lisi (2017).