More on the Foundations of Physics

Philosophers of physics focus on a loosely connected set of questions about physics in general and specific physical theories. For instance:

  • Is there a more fundamental theory explaining why quantum measurements seem to collapse the wave function? Some ideas here.
  • How can the time-asymmetric laws of thermodynamics be derived (via statistical mechanics) from the time-symmetric laws of classical mechanics?
  • Is there such a thing as space-time in which objects have a position, or are they just related to each other by distances? Some ideas here.
  • Is the goal of science merely to produce models that make accurate predictions, or can we determine how nature really works?
  • What is the right way to use experimental data to test multiverse theories?
  • Is quantum field theory a theory of particles or fields (or both)?

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