The goal of the master programme is to acquire the skills necessary to address the philosophical questions that are raised by the exact sciences and their history.
How did the visions of space and time change from Newton to Einstein? What is matter following the revolution introduced by quantum physics? What is a law of nature? Do mathematical objects really exist? Can philosophical logic be applied in computer science?
These questions, among many others, will be tackled in the philosophical reflection on the exact sciences and their history that this master module offers. Reflecting on these issues provides intellectual tools for a better understanding of today’s science and technologies. After an introductory teaching, the students work in small groups of 1 to 3 students on a particular project and present their intermediate results to the whole group. Students are free to choose the project that interests them most, but we encourage them to work on a project that is about philosophical issues raised in connection with their main branch at EPFL.