April 02, 2004

Albert, David
[PHIL V3576] Physics and Philosophy

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

This from the philosophy department's website. "One reason why he is in ColumbiaÂ’s Philosophy Department is that he is a philosopher; but another is that his work in physics is so highly theoretical that he can pursue it without the experimental resources of a physics department." Believe that if you'd like.
His TA butchered my midterm, which was regraded to a number twice the original score, he lost my final paper and I didn't get my grade until well into the next term. He's an engaging lecturer, but his writing style is rough (and he uses his own book as the course's text) and he is pretty dismissive of any philosophical stance that is not copacetic with his tacit scientific realism. Nice guy, but his uncommon blend -- too technical for a philosopher, too hands-off for a scientist -- can make him a frustration to both camps.

Workload:

One midterm take home short answer test and one final paper (~15 pages).