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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - What do we know about the nature of Light? The science of light and scientific realism

5th November 2013, 20:00 to 21:00, Senate Suite, University College, Dr Juha Saatsi (University of Leeds)


In this lecture, Dr Juha Saatsi reviews the key issues in the 'scientific realism debate' in relation to scientific study of light and its history. The realism debate concerns philosophical challenges to scientific knowledge. The science of light (optics and quantum physics) offers much ammunition to a sceptic who wishes repudiate the notion that science has revealed us the nature of light. The challenge to realism is serious, but not fatal: there is still room for a suitably qualified form of realism. He will assess leading competing realist responses to answer the question: what do we really know of the nature of light?

This lecture is free and open to all. 

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