Physics Needs Philosophy / Philosophy Needs Physics
Philosophy has always played an essential role in the
development of science, physics in particular,
and is likely to continue to do so
By Carlo Rovelli on July 18, 2018
Contrary to claims about the irrelevance of philosophy for science,
philosophy has always had, and still has, far more influence on physics
than commonly assumed. A certain current anti-philosophical ideology
has had damaging effects on the fertility of science.
After Ptolemy, Copernicus, Galileo . . .
After Newton, Leibniz, . . .
After Faraday, Maxwell, Boltzmann, . . .
After Einstein, . . . Bohr, Heisenberg, Schrödinger, . . .
1 - What is space?
2 - What is time?
3 - What is matter ?
4 - What is the “present”?
5 - Is the world deterministic?
6 - Do we need to take the observer into account to describe nature?
7 - What is the quantum wave function?
8 - What exactly does “emergence” mean?
9 - Does a theory of the totality of the universe make sense?
10 - Does it make sense to think that physical laws
themselves might evolve?
11 - The bing-bang , the expanding universe . . . ?
12 - Dark matter, dark energy, black holes, . . . ?
It is clear, nowadays we don't have philosophy of science