How Physics Makes Us Free (Innbundet)

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Innbinding: Innbundet
Utgivelsesår: 2016
Antall sider: 288
Forlag: Oxford University Press Inc
Språk: Engelsk
ISBN/EAN: 9780190269449
Kategori: Religion, historie og filosofi
Omtale: How Physics Makes Us Free
In 1687 Isaac Newton ushered in a new scientific era in which laws of nature could be used to predict the movements of matter with almost perfect precision. Newton's physics also posed a profound challenge to our self-understanding, however, for the very same laws that keep airplanes in the air and rivers flowing downhill tell us that it is in principle possible to predict what each of us will do every second of our entire lives, given the early conditions of the universe. Can it really be that even while you toss and turn late at night in the throes of an important decision and it seems like the scales of fate hang in the balance, that your decision is a foregone conclusion? Can it really be that everything you have done and everything you ever will do is determined by facts that were in place long before you were born? This problem is one of the staples of philosophical discussion. It is discussed by everyone from freshman in their first philosophy class, to theoretical physicists in bars

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