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Fall 2013
Nov 30, 2021
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PHYS 0100 - Flat Earth to Quantum Uncertainty: On the Nature and Meaning of Scientific Explanation
Physics has had a dramatic impact on our conception of the universe, our ideas concerning the nature of knowledge, and our view of ourselves. Philosophy, sometimes inspired by developments in physics, considers the impact of such developments on our lives. In this seminar, students will explore how classical and modern physical theory have affected our view of the cosmos, of ourselves as human beings, as well as our view of the relation of mathematical or physical structures to 'truth' or 'reality.' Through a study of physics as well as selected philosophical readings, we will consider how we can know anything, from seemingly simple facts to whether a machine is conscious. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. Instructor permission required. FYS WRIT
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Extra Credit Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Primary Meeting

Physics Department

Course Attributes:
First Year Seminar, Writing - Designated Courses

Must be enrolled in one of the following Classifications:     
      Semester Level 02
      Semester Level 01

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