The class will be reading and discussing Physics and Philosophy by Sir James Jeans (d. 1946), physicist, astronomer and mathematician. The author proposes that long-standing problems in philosophy such as causality, free will and determinism, materialism versus mind et al. must be reconsidered in terms of recent discoveries in astronomy, mathematics, sub-atomic physics, and other disciplines. He argues that these discoveries have washed away the foundations of many older philosophic solutions to many of these questions. Jeans is well acquainted with both physics and philosophy and clearly and lucidly presents his arguments. In at least one coordinator’s humble opinion, the book is just plain fascinating.


Madison Senior Center

Meeting Day


Meeting Time

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Start Date

Sept. 25, 2019

End Date

Dec. 11, 2019


Class Size

No limit

Course Notes

No pre-enrollment; just come to the first class session.

# of Sessions:10

No Classes: October 9th, and November 27th

Continuing Philosophy


Name Email Phone
Jim Halloran 608-238-7201
Ed Cothroll 608-831-4493

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Edie Urness-Pondillo
UW-Madison Continuing Studies
21 N. Park St, 7th Floor, Madison, WI 53715
Phone: 608-262-5823
Fax: 608-265-4555

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