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I continue my discussion of Julian Barbour’s Machian theories of dynamics, and his proposal that a Machian perspective enables one to solve the problem of time in quantum geometrodynamics (by saying that there is no time!). I concentrate on his 1999 book, The End of Time. The talk stresses philosophical issues, not technicalities. This talk will also introduce some foundational themes in classical mechanics, especially in the Lagrangian approach. I propose in the next meeting (6 November) to return to quantum non-locality; in particular, to finish my presentation of stochastic Einstein locality.

This talk is part of the Philosophy of Physics series.

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