HPS 2626 Phil 2626 |
Topics in Recent Philosophy of Physics | Fall 2013 |

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Topics and Readings

Leo Szilard (1929) "On the Decrease of Entropy in a Thermodynamic System by the Intervention of Intelligent Beings," Translation of *Zeitschrift fur Physik* 53: 840–856.

Landauer, R., 1961, “Irreversibility and heat generation in the computing process”, *IBM Journal of Research and Development*, 5: 183–191.

Bennett, C.H., 1982, “The thermodynamics of computation—a review”, *International Journal of Theoretical Physics*, 21(12): 905–940.

Background reading:

Wayne C. Myrvold, (2011) "Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics: A Maxwellian View."

*Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics*, 42, Issue 4, November 2011, pp 237–243.

[Preprint] http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/8638/

John D. Norton, "All Shook Up: Fluctuations, Maxwell's Demon and the Thermodynamics of Computation," Prepared for the journal, *Entropy*.

John D. Norton, "Brownian Computation is Thermodynamically Irreversible."

Background:

Smoluchowski, Marian von (1912). “Experimentell nachweisbare, der üblichen Thermodynamik widersprechende Molekularphänomene,” *Physikalische Zeitschrift*, 13, pp.1069-1080.

More, including Powerpoints:

Rotman Institute of Philosophy Summer School Foundations of Statistical Mechanics

John D. Norton, "When a Good Theory Meets a Bad Idealization: The Failure of the Thermodynamics of Computation." Goodies.

Jan Hilgevoord "Time in Quantum Mechanics: A History of Confusion,” *Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics*, **36** (2005), pp.29–60.

P. Busch, “The Time-Energy Uncertainty Relation,” http://arxiv.org/abs/quant-ph/0105049 Read 3.1-3.2 and 3.5 - 3.6.1.

Tom Pashby, "Time and Quantum Theory: A History and A Prospectus."

John D. Norton, "The Dome: An Unexpectedly Simple Failure of Determinism" * Philosophy of Science,* 75, No. 5, (2008). pp. 786-98

or the short version in

John D. Norton, “The Dome: A Simple Violation of Determinism in Newtonian Mechanics,” In Goodies.

Balazs Gyenis, " "Determinism, physical possibility, and laws of nature"," manuscript.

Some nice introductory survey of standard cosmology, including inflation.

A unique survery, worth a full week:

G. F. R. Ellis, "On the Philosophy of Cosmology," *Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics*, 2013 (in proofs)

Chris Smeenk, “Philosophy of Cosmology,” Ch. 17 in R. Batterman, ed., *Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Physics.*

Andreas Albrecht et al. *Report of the Dark Energy Task Force.* 2006

M. Barnard, A. Abrahamse, A. Albrecht B. Bozek, M. Yashar "Exploring Parameter Constraints on Quintessential Dark Energy: The Albrecht-Skordis Model" arXiv:0712.2875, Phys. Rev. D 77, 103502 (2008)

M. Barnard, A. Abrahamse, A. Albrecht B. Bozek, M. Yashar "A measure of the impact of future dark energy experiments based on discriminating power among quintessence models" arXiv:0804.0413 Phys.Rev.D78:043528 (2008)

Mordehai Milgrom, “MOND–a pedagogical review,” arXiv:astro-ph/0112069 v1

Peter Kosso, “Evidence of dark matter, and the interpretive role of general relativity,” *Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics*, 44, Issue 2, May 2013, pp 143–147.

Benoît Famaey and Stacy S. McGaugh, "Modified Newtonian Dynamics (MOND): Observational Phenomenology and Relativistic Extensions", *Living Reviews of Relativity* 15, (2012), 10.

http://www.livingreviews.org/lrr-2012-10

http://arxiv.org/abs/1112.3960

Huge survey of the observational testing of MOND.

For background reading, an enormous survey of alternative theories of gravity:

T. Clifton et al., “Modified gravity and cosmology,” *Physics Reports*, 513, Issues 1–3, March 2012, Pages 1–189

Max Tegmark, "The Multiverse Hierarchy" http://arxiv.org/pdf/0905.1283v1.pdf

Eric Hatleback, "Cosmological Induction: A Familiar Philosophical Foe."

Jeremy Butterfield, “Underdetermination in Cosmology,” Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supp. Vol. LXXXVI

John D. Norton, "Observationally Indistinguishable Spacetimes: A Challenge
for Any Inductivist." In G. Morgan, ed., *Philosophy of Science Matters:
The Philosophy of Peter Achinstein*. Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 164-176.

Gibbons, G. W.; Hawkings, S. W. and Stewart, J. M. 1987. “A Natural Measure on the Set of All Universes.” *Nuclear Physics* B281: 736-51.

Gibbons, G. W. and Turok, Neil. 2008) “Measure Problem in Cosmology,” *Physical Review*, D77, pp. 063516-1-12.

Hawking, S. W. and Page, Don N. 1988 “How Probable is Inflation?” *Nuclear Physics* B298: 789-809.

Tegmark, Max; Aguirre, Anthony; Rees, Martin J. and Wilczek, Frank. 2006. “Dimensionless Constants, Cosmology, and Other Dark Matters.” *Physical Review *D73: 023505-1-28.

Weinberg, Steven. 2000. “A Priori Probabilities of the Cosmological Constant.” *Physical Review* D61: 103505-1-4.

Yann Benetreau-Dupin, "Cosmic Surprise, Anthropic Reasoning, and Bayesian Analysis". Abstract at http://publish.uwo.ca/~ybenetre/Research_&_Publications_files/Cosmic_Surprise_Abstract_rev.pdf

John D. Norton, "Cosmic Confusions: Not Supporting versus Supporting
Not-". *Philosophy of Science*. **77** (2010), pp. 501-23.

Roberts, Bryan W. (2012) The simple failure of Curie's Principle. [Preprint] http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/9862/

Matthew F. Pusey, Jonathan Barrett, Terry Rudolph, “On the reality of the quantum state,” http://arxiv.org/abs/1111.3328

Matt Leifer, “Can the Quantum State be Interpreted Statistically.” Blog at http://mattleifer.info/2011/11/20/can-the-quantum-state-be-interpreted-statistically/

Maximilian Schlosshauer and Arthur Fine, “Is the Pusey–Barrett–Rudolph Theorem Compatible with Quantum Nonseparability?” http://arxiv.org/abs/1306.5805

M. S. Leifer, R. W. Spekkens, “Formulating Quantum Theory as a Causally Neutral Theory of Bayesian Inference,” 2011 http://arxiv.org/abs/1107.5849

Treats quantum relations as analogous to probabilistic inference, but governed by a new quantum inductive inference.

Itamar Pitowsky, “Quantum mechanics as a theory of probability” in W. Demopolous, I. Pitowsky (Eds.), Physical theory and its interpretation, Springer, Dordrecht (2006), pp. 213–240

http://arxiv.org/abs/quant-ph/0510095

Christopher A. Fuchs, “QBism, the Perimeter of Quantum Bayesianism,” 2010 http://arxiv.org/abs/1003.5209

Armond Duwell, “Uncomfortable bedfellows: Objective quantum Bayesianism and the von Neumann–Lüders projection postulate,”* Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics*, 42, Issue 3, August 2011, Pages 167–175

What are we to make of the fact that we need to rotate a spinor by 4 pi to complete a spatial rotation of 2 pi.

Robert Weingard and Gerrit Smith, "Spin and space," *Synthese*, 50, Issue 2, pp 213-231.

Christian, Joy (2013) Macroscopic Observability of Spinorial Sign Changes under 2pi Rotations. http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/9810/

Jos Uffink, “Compendium of the foundations of classical statistical physics,” http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/2691/

See Time Symmetry: A Unified Approach.

A two-day international conference on the philosophy of time symmetry.

Centre for Time, University of Sydney, Quadrangle, Room S401, August 29-30, 2013

Craig Callender, “Reducing thermodynamics to statistical mechanics: The case of entropy,” *Journal of Philosophy* 96 (7):348-373 (1999). http://philosophyfaculty.ucsd.edu/faculty/ccallender/index_files/reduction.pdf

David Albert, *Time and Chance*. Chapters.

Frigg, Roman (2012) What is Statistical Mechanics? [Preprint] http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/9133/

Wallace, David (2012) The Arrow of Time in Physics. [Preprint] http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/9192/

North, Jill (2011) Time in Thermodynamics. [Published Article] http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/8947/

Myrvold, Wayne C. (2012) “Probabilities in Statistical Mechanics: What are they?” http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/9236/