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    Answers in search of a question: ‘proofs’ of the tri-dimensionality of space
    Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 36 (1): 113-136. 2005.
    From Kant’s first published work to recent articles in the physics literature, philosophers and physicists have long sought an answer to the question, why does space have three dimensions. In this paper, I will flesh out Kant’s claim with a brief detour through Gauss’ law. I then describe Büchel’s version of the common argument that stable orbits are possible only if space is three-dimensional. After examining objections by Russell and van Fraassen, I develop three original criticisms of my own.…Read more
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    Explaining Time's Arrow
    Dissertation, Rutgers the State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick. 1997.
    This thesis is an attempt to accurately formulate and solve one of the problems associated with the direction of time. Processes in nature appear to be 'irreversible', for instance, heat flows from hot to cold but never from cold to hot. The problem of the direction of time, roughly put, is the difficulty of squaring this irreversible behavior with the apparent fact that the fundamental laws of physics are completely reversible. ;In the first three chapters I critically review the foundations of…Read more
  • Physics Meets Philosophy at the Planck Scale, Contemporary Theories in Quantum Gravity
    Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 35 (3): 531-537. 2001.
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    The Oxford Handbook of Time (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. forthcoming.
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    This is the table of contents and first chapter of Physics Meets Philosophy at the Planck Scale (Cambridge University Press, 2001), edited by Craig Callender and Nick Huggett. The chapter discusses the question of why there should be a theory of quantum gravity. We tackle arguments that purport to show that the gravitational field *must* be quantized. We then introduce various programs in quantum gravity and discuss areas where quantum gravity and philosophy seem to have something to say to each…Read more