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Philosophy and History of Physics Reading Group

The Philosophy and History of Physics reading group meets on Tuesdays, 4.00pm to 6.00pm in the Board Room. Organised by Jeremy Butterfield and Richard Staley.

Lent Term 2017

The theme of the term is Black Holes. We will begin on 24 January with a historical study of singularity theorems by John Earman and continue on 31 January and 7 February with a survey article by Erik Curiel, on singularities, black holes and gravitational thermodynamics. Readings are available from Richard Staley (raws1) and Jeremy Butterfield (jb56), and later meetings will address group interests.

24 January

Earman, John. 1999. 'The Penrose-Hawking singularity theorems: History and implications'. In The Expanding Worlds of General Relativity, edited by Hubert Goenner, Jürgen Renn, Jim Ritter and Tilman Sauer, 235–267. Boston: Birkhäuser.

31 January and 7 February

Curiel, Erik. Forthcoming. 'Singularities, black holes and gravitational thermodynamics'. In the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy.