Unfortunately Professor Brading Lecture will be postponed until the 2019-2020 academic year.
How Physics Flew The Philosophers' Nest, Katherine Brading, Professor of Philosophy, Duke University on May 16, 2019, in Kane Hall 210 at 7 pm, part of the O'Hara Philosophy of Physics Lecture Series.
Physics and philosophy are today housed in separate departments and, by and large, practiced by different people. Physics is – orat least seems to be – largely independent of philosophy. It was not always thus. And, contrary to popular opinion, the “Scientic Revolution” of the 17th century is not when the two went their separate ways.So when, how, and why did physics fly the philosophers’ nest? How, and to what extent, did physics gain its autonomy? And with what consequences? This is a big story, and to and our way we’ll follow one
thread that runs throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, engaging “philosophers” such as Descartes, Leibniz, Du Châtelet and Kant, and “physicists” such as Newton, Huygens, Euler, and d’Alembert, alike. All puzzled over the same issue: how do bodies (inanimate, animate, or even human) act on one another?