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Thought Experiments in Physics

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Date and time Mar 19, 2009
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Location McLennan Physics (MP) 102
Host Daniel James

James Robert Brown

Abstract:

Mar 19 ColloqThought experiments are performed in the laboratory of the mind.  They play a huge role in the sciences, especially in physics, and they are also important in philosophy and possibly even in mathematics.  We will look at a variety of interesting examples from physics and elsewhere and pose some problems about them:  How do they work?  What makes them reliable and why do they sometimes breakdown?

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