PH431      Half Unit
Quanta and Entropy - Introduction to Philosophy of Physics II

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Miklos Redei LAK5.04


This course is available on the MSc in Philosophy of Science. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

Topics covered: The conceptual structure of quantum mechanics, non-locality and the EPR argument, Bell's no-go theorem, the measurement problem and the collapse interpretation of quantum mechanics, Bohmian quantum mechanics. Thermodynamics and the aim of statistical mechanics, the Boltzmann approach, the ergodic programme and the Past Hypothesis, the Gibbs approach.


10 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the LT.

Formative coursework

One 2000 word essay.

Indicative reading

D. Albert: Quantum Mechanics and Experience (Harvard University Press, 1992), M. Redhead: Incompleteness, nonlocality and Realism (Oxford University Press, 1987), R. Frigg: "A field guide to recent work on the foundations of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics" in D. Rickles (ed.) The Ashgate Companion to Philosophy of Physics (Ashgate, 2008) 99-196, L. Sklar: Physics and Chance : Philosophical Issues in the Foundations of Statistical Mechanics (Cambridge University Press, 1993) .


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Philosophy

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

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