This lecture forms the second in a series of lectures hosted in collaboration with the Department of History and Philosophy of Science.
I will begin by discussing the changing relations between physics and
philosophy from about 1700 till the present. Then I will briefly state and
defend the doctrine called scientific realism: the optimistic claim that
science achieves objective knowledge, i.e. the claims made by our mature
scientific theories are true. Then I will consider primordial cosmology, in
particular inflation. How well does scientific realism fare, concerning
claims about such an utterly inaccessible era?
Speaker: Dr. Jeremy Butterfield
Location: Small Lecture Theatre, Bragg Building
Open to everyone!