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Most Philosophical Modern Physicist?

  1. Jan 15, 2010 #1
    Which modern physicist has also the best philosophical background?

    It seems the founders of quantum had a more well-rounded education http://www.u.arizona.edu/~aversa/scholastic/3.%20J.%20Weisheipl,%20%22The%20Dignity%20of%20Science.%20Studies%20in%20the%20Philosophy%20of%20Science%20Presented%20to%20William%20Humbert%20Kane%20OP,%22%20The%20Thomist%2024%20(1961).pdf" [Broken]?
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  3. Jan 15, 2010 #2


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    I used that book as a reference for a term paper that I wrote in an undergraduate class. While it is good, it is outdated due to all the advancement in physics in the last 3 decades, which is a lot!

    I would say that Steven Weinberg has a lot of philosophical writings (and a few counter-religious ones too). His book "Facing Up: Science and Its Cultural Adversaries" deals not only societal issues, but philosophical as well. And I would argue that Robert Laughlin's "A Different Universe: Reinventing Physics from the Bottom Down" is utterly philosophical in nature as one of the strongest argument against Reductionism, deriving from Phil Anderson's infamous "More is Different" essay.

    So I would consider all three as having strong philosophical leanings, beside being top-notch physicists.

  4. Jan 16, 2010 #3
    Yes, but I doubt Aspect's experiment, e.g., would have changed the meat of his philosophical conclusions.
    I have heard of A Different Universe. Have you heard of Stephen M. Barr? He is a theoretical physicist from the U. of Delaware, and he wrote https://www.amazon.com/Modern-Physics-Ancient-Faith-Stephen/dp/0268021988/".
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  5. Jan 21, 2010 #4
    Freeman Dyson. Knows the history of science well too.
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