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Possible physical universes

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


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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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McCabe, Gordon
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 15:13
Item ID: 2590
Public Domain: No

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