Jonathan Derbyshire

Hypothetically Speaking

The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that Transform the World

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Stephen Hawking caused a stir last year when he declared, in his book The Grand Design, that philosophy was ‘dead’. The cause? In Hawking’s view, it was the failure of philosophers to keep up with the latest scientific developments, especially those in theoretical physics. Philosophers remain obsessed with problems in metaphysics and epistemology that preoccupied the ancient Greeks; scientists, meanwhile, get on with making new discoveries and the difficult business of explaining the origins of the universe.

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