Postdoctoral Fellowship in Foundations of Physics

The Rotman Institute of Philosophy invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Foundations of Physics. The Fellowship will provide a new scholar in foundations of physics with a unique opportunity to pursue his or her chosen areas of scholarly research in collaboration with physicists and philosophers. For suitable candidates, it may be possible to hold a Postdoctoral Fellowship jointly between the Rotman Institute and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.
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Spanish Society for Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science: Barcelona, 7-10 July 2015

VIII Conference of the Spanish Society for Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science

The Spanish Society of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science (SLMFCE) and the Facultat de Filosofia of the Universitat de Barcelona organize the VIII Congress of the society to be held in Barcelona from 7th to 10th July 2015. The congress will host the second edition of the Lullius Lectures, which will be in charge of Prof. Hartry Field (New York U.). The steering committee of the society will organize a symposium on H. Field’s work.
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Philosophy of Physics at the German Physical Society (DPG), Berlin, 18-20 March 2015

At the occasion of the centenary of the general theory of relativity, The Working Group “Philosophy of Physics” (AGPhil) of the German Physical Society (DPG) invites submissions for a conference entitled “100 years of General Relativity: On the foundations of spacetime theories”. Papers focusing on the conceptual and historical foundations of general relativity and other spacetime theories are especially welcome.
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RIP: Hans Primas (1928-2014)

Back in October, the Swiss chemist Hans Primas died. Primas’s work included the consideration of ‘philosophical’ problems, such as the measurement problem in quantum mechanics and the question of reductionism. Primas was professor emeritus at the ETH in Zurich. For more information, see his Wikipedia entry, which, unfortunately, only seems to be available in German.

I hope that this will be the last death that I have to announce for a long period!

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RIP: Alexander Grothendieck (1928-2014)

Another notable recent death that may be of interest to readers of this blog is that of Alexander Grothendieck, who passed on 13 November. Grothendieck was a French (well, mostly stateless) mathematician of German origin and the winner of the 1966 Fields Medal who spent his last years in seclusion. His ideas have in recent times become more and more influential in both mathematical physics and in the philosophy of physics.
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RIP: Peter Mittelstaedt (1929-2014)

One thing that happens when one updates the list of philosophers of physics is that one comes across people who have left the field, and people who have left us. Five days ago, on 20 November 2014, Peter Mittelstaedt died. His Wikipedia page does not yet reflect this, and I didn’t find any obituary, but Guido Bacciagaluppi passed on these words from Paul Busch (I hope Paul doesn’t mind my sharing them here):
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North from Cornell to Rutgers

I am a bit behind on this, but here it is: Jill North (philosophy of physics), currently at Cornell University, has accepted a tenured offer from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. (Nota bene: and so has Ted Sider (metaphysics)).

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