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Scientific Realism and Primordial Cosmology

This lecture forms the second in a series of lectures hosted in collaboration with the Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

Abstract:

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!

Earlier Event: November 19
CiW Michaelmas Formal
Later Event: November 29
Is Physics the Foundation of Science?