Branching Space-Times: Theory and Applications

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Nuel Belnap, Thomas Müller, and Tomasz Placek, Branching Space-Times: Theory and Applications, Oxford University Press, 2022, 441pp., $99.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190884314.

Reviewed by Valentin Goranko, Stockholm University

This is an impressively deep and rich research monograph, systematically and rigorously presenting the “Branching Space-Times” theory (BST) developed by the authors in a long-lasting research project which started with Nuel Belnap’s founding paper (1992). The focal concept here is indeterminism from the perspectives of modern physics and the philosophy of science, and the authors brand their theory “a theory of local indeterminism”.

The book mainly targets philosophers of physics and philosophers of time. It should also be of interest to a broader audience of physicists, mathematicians and, to some extent, even logicians. To understand some essential parts of the book, the reader needs to have good knowledge and understanding of the basics, respectively, of relativity theory, quantum…

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