PHIL/PHYS 30389 Philosophical Issues in Physics
Fall 2017
Don Howard
University of Notre Dame


Mid-term Examination Study Questions

Class Presentations--Some Guidelines

Howard: Slides from Class Lectures

Miscellaneous Links:

Einstein on the Relationship between Philosophy and Physics

Ptolomeic/Copernican Images and Animations

The Copernican Explanation of Retrograde Motion at Opposition

Don Howard. "Albert Einstein as a Philosopher of Science." Physics Today 58, no 12 (Dec. 2005), 34-40.

A Guide to Raphael's "The School of Athens."

Maxwell's Ether Model (1861)

Young's Study of Diffraction (1803)

Time Dilation and the Twin Paradox

Galileo and the Church Links:

Cardinal Paul Poupard. "Galileo: Report on Papal Commission Findings."

John Paul II. "Lessons of the Galileo Case."

Cavendish Balance and Eötvös Experiement Links:

Nice Illustration of the Cavendish Balance

Good Analysis of the Cavendish Balance

A Bit More Detail on Eötvös

A Recent Experimental Test Proposed by Glashow et al.


Farley: Cushing Ch 8 - Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation

Perham: Cushing Ch 10 - Galileo's Letter to the Grand Duchess

Fielder and Friedrich: Cushing Ch 11 - An Overarching Newtonian Framework