After Physics

2015.06.24 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Z. Albert, After Physics, Harvard University Press, 2015, 181pp., $35.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780674731264. Reviewed by David
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2015.06.24 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Z. Albert, After Physics, Harvard University Press, 2015, 181pp., $35.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780674731264. Reviewed by David Baker, University of Michigan David Albert presents us here with a delightful collection of eight essays exploring quantum physics, statistical physics, and metaphysics, and the conceptual connections among them. The essays are not organized around a unified theme. But they are connected by Albert's distinctive philosophical agenda, which I would characterize thus: interpreters of physics must prize intelligibility and conceptual clarity above all. And if this leads us to a picture of reality that is remarkably surprising, which is not at all what we would (prior to interpreting physics) have expected, well then so be it. Reality is strange. Period. Case closed. End of story. This collection will be a treat for Albert fans. Albert's trademark writing style is lively, conversational,. . .

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