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Metaphysical Experiments By Bjorn Ekeberg

Metaphysical Experiments by Bjorn Ekeberg

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Based on author's thesis (Ph. D., University of Victoria, 2010).

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Metaphysical Experiments: Physics and the Invention of the Universe by Bjorn Ekeberg

An engaging critique of the science and metaphysics behind our understanding of the universe

The James Webb Space Telescope, when launched in 2021, will be the premier orbital observatory, capable of studying every phase of the history of the universe, from the afterglow of the Big Bang to the formation of our solar system. Examining the theoretical basis for key experiments that have made this latest venture in astrophysics possible, Bjorn Ekeberg reveals that scientific cosmology actually operates in a twilight zone between the physical and metaphysical.

Metaphysical Experiments explains how our current framework for understanding the universe, the Big Bang theory, is more determined by a deep faith in mathematical universality than empirical observation. Ekeberg draws on philosophical insights by Spinoza, Bergson, Heidegger, and Arendt; on the critical perspectives of Latour, Stengers, and Serres; and on cutting-edge physics research at the Large Hadron Collider, to show how the universe of modern physics was invented to reconcile a Christian metaphysical premise with a claim to the theoretical unification of nature.

By focusing on the nonmathematical assumptions underlying some of the most significant events in modern science, Metaphysical Experiments offers a critical history of contemporary physics that demystifies such concepts as the universe, particles, singularity, gravity, blackbody radiation, the speed of light, wave/particle duality, natural constants, black holes, dark matter, and dark energy. Ekeberg's incisive reading of the metaphysical underpinnings of scientific cosmology offers an innovative account of how we understand our place in the universe.

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"In this provocative and sharply written account, Bjorn Ekeberg makes a radical case for the social construction of physics and its truths, urging that the mathematical unification of physical phenomena is not only physics' goal but also a deeply metaphysical requirement for its progress-progress put into doubt, not to say crisis, by the emergence of mathematical theories (such as multiverse or string theory) that seem 'untestable in any empirical sense and probably remain beyond the horizon of experimental physics.'"-Brian Rotman, author of Becoming Beside Ourselves: The Alphabet, Ghosts, and Distributed Human Being

What if the basis of contemporary cosmology were false? This stirring question launches Bjorn Ekeberg on a lucid exploration of modern scientific history, leading to the recent marriage of cosmology with experimental particle physics. Well-informed in contemporary philosophy, Ekeberg provides a unique synthesis that will be of interest to philosophers of science and contemplative scientists alike."-Graham Harman, Southern California Institute of Architecture

About Bjorn Ekeberg

Bjorn Ekeberg has a PhD from University of Victoria, Canada, and is an independent researcher and writer living in Oslo, Norway.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Cosmic World-Object
1. The Metaphysics Experiment: From Particle Collider to the Cosmos
2. God, That Is, Nature: The Invention of the Universe
3. Probability and Proliferation: The Invention of the Particle
4. Big Bang Metaphysics: The Universe of Modern Cosmology
Conclusion: A Question of Relevance

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Metaphysical Experiments: Physics and the Invention of the Universe by Bjorn Ekeberg
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