Philosophy of Physics: Statistical Explanation and Cosmology

This spring This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will teach a graduate seminar focusing on the relationship between statistical explanation and cosmology. The class will meet every Wednesday from 11:00AM-1:00PM, starting January 25. The first class will be held at NYU; subsequent classes will alternate between NYU and Columbia.

For more info, check out the partial syllabus.

Columbia lectures take place at 716 Philosophy Hall.

Readings below.

The reading for May 2 is 'Probability Out of Determinism' by Michael Strevens. 

Here is the reading by David Albert for April 11, and here is 'On the Passing of Time,' by Tim Maudlin.

Reading for April 4: Loewer, Two Accounts of Laws and Chances

Reading for the March 21 class: Maudlin, Three Roads to Objective Probability

William Thomson (Lord Kelvin): The Kinetic Theory of the Dissipation of Energy

Ernst Zermelo's Recurrance Objection-On a Theorem of Dynamics and the Mechanical Theory of Heat

For the reading for David Albert's next lecture, click here.

The first set of readings comprises On the Dynamical Theory of Gasses by J. Clerk Maxwell and Further Studies on the Thermal Equilibrium of Gas Molecules by Ludwig Boltzmann.