Quantum Physics and a World Without Causality

dc.contributor.advisorMartínez, Alberto A.
dc.creatorKahn, Eva
dc.date.accessioned2023-05-19T21:06:42Z
dc.date.available2023-05-19T21:06:42Z
dc.date.issued2023
dc.description.abstractWhy did quantum physicists abandon causality? To answer, this study traces the practice of science to its roots in natural philosophy, examines experiments and equations that may have indicated microphysical indeterminacy, and analyzes Weimar culture through the lens of philosophers who proposed that aspects of science are socially determined. I argue that experimental results alone could not have pressured physicists to abandon causality because scientists maintain dogmatic metaphysical beliefs about their practice, and do not all agree on a single definition of causality. I also argue that Paul Forman’s thesis, currently the best sociological explanation for the abandonment of causality, could be improved if the denial of causal law were explained by the increasing abstraction of physics, and if modern anti-Semitism were defined as an abhorrence of the abstract. This study reveals the bifurcation of prediction and understanding in 20th century physics as well as in history, by investigating the role of causality in historical narratives. Finally, this study emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary methods and humanistic accounts of the “hard” sciences.en_US
dc.description.departmentHumanitiesen_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/119077
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.26153/tsw/45955
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofHonors Thesesen_US
dc.rights.restrictionOpenen_US
dc.subjectHeisenbergen_US
dc.subjectPhilosophyen_US
dc.subjectPhilosophy of scienceen_US
dc.subjectHistory of scienceen_US
dc.subjectWeimaren_US
dc.subjectQuantum physicsen_US
dc.subjectCausalityen_US
dc.subjectBauhausen_US
dc.subjectAnti-Semitismen_US
dc.subjectGermanyen_US
dc.titleQuantum Physics and a World Without Causalityen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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