Cosmology, Physics and Philosophy

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Springer Science & Business Media, 18 avr. 2013 - 522 pages
by Sir Karl Popper This is a great book, and an exciting book. I say so even though I happen to dis agree with the author in many minor points and one or two major points. Some of the minor points are merely terminological, and therefore very minor. I dislike the term 'dialectic', because of its use since Hegel and Marx; and I dislike the term 'gravitism', perhaps without a good reason. Thus I dislike the name which Professor Gal-Or has given to his theory. But the theory seems to me a great and a very beauti ful theory, so far as I can judge. Other minor points of disagreement are connected with Gal-Or's original and remarkable views of the great philosophers, including Spinoza and Kant. A major point of disagreement is that Gal-Or, following Einstein, is a scientific determinist, while I cannot but regard determinism as a modem super stition. Of course, he may be right and I may be completely mistaken. I mention these critical points rather in order to emphasize how strongly I am impressed by Professor Gal-Or's great book. Even in the very unlikely case that, wherever we disagree, he should be in the wrong and I right, even if that should be the case (which is improbable in the extreme), it would remain a great book: readable, worth reading and enlightening; with a most fascinating cosmological story of time, expansion, and gravitation.
 

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Introduction
2
Economy of physical laws Search for higher symmetries and asymmetries
69
Lecture III
165
PART II
213
Lecture VI
239
of thought Controversies over uncertainty and complementary principles
255
Lecture VIII
329
PART IV
348
Introduction
420
Lecture
437
Lecture
455
Lecture XII
467
Lecture XIII
483
Appendix V
495
Lecture XIV
503
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