Science 401: Science and Philosophy

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Science 401 Science and Philosophy: Relativity and Cosmology is a senior-level course at Wyoming Catholic College which serves as an integrating capstone to the junior scientific reasoning courses. In modern science, deduction and induction come together, as we see that the most implausible predictions of mathematically formulated theories demand the most extensive confirmation from experience. This synthesis of deductive and inductive reasoning will be illustrated through a consideration of Einstein’s theory of relativity, the available experimental evidence for its seemingly incredible predictions, and some of its cosmological implications. Throughout, the course returns regularly to philosophical questions about the nature of scientific theories and explanations.

Readings[edit]

  • Einstein, Relativity: The Special and the General Theory
  • Feynman, Six Not-So-Easy Pieces
  • Poincare, Science and Hypothesis (selections)

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