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The Philosophy of Cosmology

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George F. R. Ellis, Bernard Carr, Claus Beisbart, Roderich Tumulka, John D. Barrow, Jean-Philippe Uzan, Joel R. Primack, Joseph Silk, James Hartle, Thomas Hertog, Chris Smeenk, Kimberly K. Boddy, Sean M. Carroll, Jason Pollack, Tom Banks, J. Brian Pitts, Carlo Rovelli, Francesca Vidotto, Don N. Page, Daniel Sudarsky, Ward Struyve, Svend E. Rugh, Henrik Zinkernagel, Cian Dorr, Frank Arntzenius, Martin Sahlén, Luke A. Barnes, Cormac O'Raifeartaigh, David Wallace, David Albert
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  • Date Published: April 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107145399

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  • Following a long-term international collaboration between leaders in cosmology and the philosophy of science, this volume addresses foundational questions at the limit of science across these disciplines, questions raised by observational and theoretical progress in modern cosmology. Space missions have mapped the Universe up to its early instants, opening up questions on what came before the Big Bang, the nature of space and time, and the quantum origin of the Universe. As the foundational volume of an emerging academic discipline, experts from relevant fields lay out the fundamental problems of contemporary cosmology and explore the routes toward finding possible solutions. Written for graduates and researchers in physics and philosophy, particular efforts are made to inform academics from other fields, as well as the educated public, who wish to understand our modern vision of the Universe, related philosophical questions, and the significant impacts on scientific methodology.

    • Promotes the philosophy of cosmology as a new academic discipline
    • Brings together experts in cosmology and the philosophy of physics to discuss fundamental issues in modern cosmology, to define new philosophical questions, and to develop new lines of thinking about them
    • Fundamental problems are explained clearly, to make the debate accessible to students and philosophers of science and metaphysicians, as well as to the wider academic community
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    • Date Published: April 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107145399
    • length: 526 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 178 x 27 mm
    • weight: 1.19kg
    • contains: 60 b/w illus. 10 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Issues in the Philosophy of Cosmology:
    1. The domain of cosmology and the testing of cosmological theories George F. R. Ellis
    2. Black holes, cosmology and the passage of time: three problems at the limits of science Bernard Carr
    3. Moving boundaries? – comments on the relationship between philosophy and cosmology Claus Beisbart
    4. On the question why there exists something rather than nothing Roderich Tumulka
    Part II. Structures in the Universe and the Structure of Modern Cosmology:
    5. Some generalities about generality John D. Barrow
    6. Emergent structures of effective field theories Jean-Philippe Uzan
    7. Cosmological structure formation Joel R. Primack
    8. Formation of galaxies Joseph Silk
    Part III. Foundations of Cosmology: Gravity and the Quantum:
    9. The observer strikes back James Hartle and Thomas Hertog
    10. Testing inflation Chris Smeenk
    11. Why Boltzmann brains do not fluctuate into existence from the de Sitter vacuum Kimberly K. Boddy, Sean M. Carroll and Jason Pollack
    12. Holographic inflation revised Tom Banks
    13. Progress and gravity: overcoming divisions between general relativity and particle physics and between physics and HPS J. Brian Pitts
    Part IV. Quantum Foundations and Quantum Gravity:
    14. Is time's arrow perspectival? Carlo Rovelli
    15. Relational quantum cosmology Francesca Vidotto
    16. Cosmological ontology and epistemology Don N. Page
    17. Quantum origin of cosmological structure and dynamical reduction theories Daniel Sudarsky
    18. Towards a novel approach to semi-classical gravity Ward Struyve
    Part V. Methodological and Philosophical Issues:
    19. Limits of time in cosmology Svend E. Rugh and Henrik Zinkernagel
    20. Self-locating priors and cosmological measures Cian Dorr and Frank Arntzenius
    21. On probability and cosmology: inference beyond data? Martin Sahlén
    22. Testing the multiverse: Bayes, fine-tuning and typicality Luke A. Barnes
    23. A new perspective on Einstein's philosophy of cosmology Cormac O'Raifeartaigh
    24. The nature of the past hypothesis David Wallace
    25. Big and small David Albert.

  • Editors

    Khalil Chamcham, University of Oxford
    Khalil Chamcham is a researcher at the University of Oxford. He acted as the executive director of the UK collaboration on the 'Philosophy of Cosmology' programme. His main research interests are in the chemical evolution of galaxies, nucleosynthesis, dark matter, and the concept of time. He has co-authored four books and co-edited ten, including From Quantum Fluctuations to Cosmological Structures (with David Valls-Gabaud, Martin A. Hendry and Paolo Molaro, 1997).

    Joseph Silk, University of Oxford
    Joseph Silk FRS is Homewood Professor at The Johns Hopkins University, Research Scientist at the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, CNRS and Sorbonne Universities, and Senior Fellow at the Beecroft Institute for Particle Astrophysics at the University of Oxford. He has written seven popular books on cosmology, including The Big Bang, 3rd edition (2001), On the Shores of the Unknown: A Short History of the Universe (Cambridge, 2005), and The Infinite Cosmos: Questions from the Frontiers of Cosmology (2006). His research areas include dark matter, the formation of the galaxies, and the big bang theory. He has received numerous awards and prestigious international fellowships.

    John D. Barrow, University of Cambridge
    John D. Barrow FRS is Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge and Director of the Millennium Mathematics Project to improve the appreciation of mathematics amongst the general public, teachers, and school students. The recipient of many distinguished prizes, his research interests are in cosmology, gravitation, and the interface between particle physics and astronomy. He is also a prolific author, the most recent of his twenty-two books being 100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know about Maths and the Arts (2014) and The Book of Universes (2011).

    Simon Saunders, University of Oxford
    Simon Saunders is Professor of Philosophy of Physics at the University of Oxford and a Tutorial Fellow of Merton College, Oxford. He is the lead editor of Many Worlds? Everett, Quantum Theory, and Reality (with Jonathan Barrett, Adrian Kent and David Wallace, 2010) and the author of more than sixty articles in philosophy of physics, with special emphasis on the foundations of quantum mechanics, quantum field theory, and symmetries. He also works on structuralism in philosophy of science and metaphysics, focusing on the logic of identity. He is president-elect of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science.

    Contributors

    George F. R. Ellis, Bernard Carr, Claus Beisbart, Roderich Tumulka, John D. Barrow, Jean-Philippe Uzan, Joel R. Primack, Joseph Silk, James Hartle, Thomas Hertog, Chris Smeenk, Kimberly K. Boddy, Sean M. Carroll, Jason Pollack, Tom Banks, J. Brian Pitts, Carlo Rovelli, Francesca Vidotto, Don N. Page, Daniel Sudarsky, Ward Struyve, Svend E. Rugh, Henrik Zinkernagel, Cian Dorr, Frank Arntzenius, Martin Sahlén, Luke A. Barnes, Cormac O'Raifeartaigh, David Wallace, David Albert

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