2nd Spring School in Particle Physics and Philosophy
March 26-April 4, 2014 in Wuppertal, Germany
The Interdisciplinary Center for Science and Technology Studies (IZWT) at the University of Wuppertal invites applications for participation at the 2nd International Spring School on Particle Physics and Philosophy. The aim of this school is to train the next generation of researchers from physics, philosophy and history of science in subjects which are at the intersection of the three disciplines. Lectures and discussion sessions will be given by world-renowned scientists and scholars of these three fields, and will be held in English.
The Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science is currently inviting applications for four three-month research fellowships for the academic year 2014-2015. The fellowships comprise a stipend of up to AUD 2,000 a month, office space and full access to the research facilities of SCFS and The University of Sydney.
We welcome applications from all disciplines within the history, philosophy and sociology of science and medicine, at any stage of their career. Applications are welcome not only from historians and philosophers of science, as described below, but also researchers in philosophically-informed science, e.g. physicists working in foundations.
Organizing committee: Jeff Barrett (Irvine), Hans Halvorson (Princeton), Giovanni Valente (Pittsburgh), and Jim Weatherall (Irvine).
Keynote address: Charlotte Werndl (LSE), “Justifying Typicality Measures of Boltzmannian Statistical Mechanics and Dynamical Systems”
What better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bell’s Theorem than with a celebratory conference? With ‘Quantum [Un]Speakables II: 50 Years of Bell’s Theorem’ we celebrate John Bell, his theorem and its consequences by focusing on the basics and fundamental questions. The conference will take place at the University of Vienna from June 19 to 22, 2014. We enclose a pdf version of the poster for further information (see end of post).
It would be a great pleasure for us to see you and/or your colleagues and group members there!
Call for papers
Metaphysics in Contemporary Physics
Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities
Edited by Tomasz Bigaj and Christian Wüthrich
Very recently, and after a long hiatus, the metaphysics of physics has enjoyed a remarkable renaissance, with both philosophers and physicists addressing explicitly metaphysical questions that arise in the context of physics and the interpretation of its theories. As theoretical physics has achieved dramatic progress, pushing back the boundaries of our knowledge and forcing us to rethink our most fundamental concepts describing physical reality, questions about the impact of this rapid development on traditionally conceived metaphysical investigations become urgent. Does it make metaphysics irrelevant, or does it call for an altogether new metaphysics? On the other hand, physics has encountered more than a few roadblocks in its fundamental endeavours, e.g. in attempts to bring gravity into the fold of the standard model. Could reconceiving the metaphysical foundations of fundamental physical theories possibly lead to a breakthrough, as some have suggested?
Courtesy of Erik Curiel (thanks Erik!), who sent me this cool animation at the New Scientist of what it could visually look like to live in a Gödel spacetime:
Series editors: Elaine Landry and Dean Rickles
The editors of a new book series on issues in the philosophy of mathematics and physics are seeking proposals for monographs or edited collections.