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Possible physical universes

McCabe, Gordon (2005) Possible physical universes. UNSPECIFIED.

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this paper is to discuss the various types of physical universe which could exist according to modern mathematical physics. The paper begins with an introduction that approaches the question from the viewpoint of ontic structural realism. Section 2 takes the case of the `multiverse' of spatially homogeneous universes, and analyses the famous Collins-Hawking argument, which purports to show that our own universe is a very special member of this collection. Section 3 considers the multiverse of all solutions to the Einstein field equations, and continues the discussion of whether the notions of special and typical can be defined within such a collection.


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    Item Type: Other
    Additional Information: Published in Zagadnienia Filozoficzne w Nauce, XXXVII (2005), pp73-97.
    Keywords: Relativity Structuralism Multiverse Homogeneous Collins-Hawking
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
    Specific Sciences > Mathematics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Specific Sciences > Physics
    Depositing User: Gordon McCabe
    Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2006
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:13
    Item ID: 2590
    Public Domain: No
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2590

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