Cooperman, Joshua Harris
A Theory of the Universe from Contemporary Physics: Evaluating Smolin's Argument for the Elimination of 'Ideal Elements'.
I explore Leibnizian themes in the theoretical physicist's pursuit of a quantum cosmology by examining Smolin's program based on the elimination of ideal elements. These constructs are formal mathematical structures of a physical theory that require for their interpretation the existence of objects external to the system treated by the theory. After introducing some necessary background information, I discuss the particulars of Smolin's definition of ideal elements and analyze his motivations and arguments for the elimination of ideal elements. I then survey and assess his two specific proposals for the construction of a quantum cosmology. The former stems from the canonical approach to the development of a quantum theory of gravity; the latter consists of a series of hypotheses framing a speculative fundamental theory of the universe. Finally, I consider the explicit links and debts of Smolin's program to Leibniz's philosophy.
|Cooperman, Joshua Harris|
||This entry is my dissertation for the Masters of Philosophy program of the department of history and philosophy of science at Cambridge University.
||quantum cosmology, Barbour-Bertotti theory
||Specific Sciences > Physics
Joshua Harris Cooperman
||16 Feb 2008
||07 Oct 2010 15:16
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