As some of you know, I have assumed the role of associate editor for the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science at the beginning of this year. One of the biggest problems we all face is that of finding useful and reliable referees. So BJPS wants the wider profession to consider and discuss a new proposal for an editorial policy, which is supposed to address this. It is explained here:
We encourage discussion of this, so please do leave comments if you have thoughts about this!
There is a new blog on the foundations of physics, and on the foundations of spacetime theories in particular, associated with the Minkowski Institute, with the ambitious title ‘Doing Physics Right’: https://doingphysicsright.wordpress.com/.
As reported by Daily Nous earlier today, a team consisting of philosophers, physicists, historians and sociologists of physics have won a 2.5m Euro grant for a interdisciplinary project on the physics of the Large Hadron Collider. Congratulations! The project will be centered at the University of Wuppertal and led by spokesperson Gregor Schiemann. I quote from Daily Nous:
The Einstein Papers Project at Caltech has relaunched its website, which can be found at http://www.einstein.caltech.edu. The plan for the rebooted website is to publish a new article or post concerning the project ‘Einstein’s Collected Papers’ each month on this website. The first one is up, written by Dennis Lehmkuhl and entitled ‘What is the Einstein Papers Project?’.
Shawn Miller (UC Davis) has started a new wiki listing PhD programs with strengths in philosophy of physics at philphysics.net. Check it out, and contribute or update as needed!
This is already an excellent resource for prospective graduate students, but also for people already in the field. A big thank you for this to Shawn!
Hilary Putnam has a new blog (appropriately?) called “Sardonic comment”, which can be found here. The reason I post this here is that he also discusses issues in the philosophy of physics, e.g. pertaining to the measurement problem in quantum mechanics.
Yesterday, our seminar on the philosophical foundations of quantum gravity was off to an excellent start, including the live blogging on the talks. We are about to start the second day, so please go to http://beyondspacetime.net/ to follow the live blogging, and for the program and handouts and slides!
The Institute of Art and Ideas in London has just released a new debate online that might be of interest to our readers: Uncovering Reality features Cambridge Professor of Applied Mathematics David Tong, quantum physicist Lev Vaidman and philosopher Hilary Lawson challenging the ability of maths and physics to describe the fundamental nature of reality.
The debate can be watched at http://iai.tv/video/uncovering-reality.
3:AM Magazine has just published a few days ago another interview by Richard Marshall with a philosopher of physics: this time it is with Tim Maudlin. I haven’t read it yet, but am looking forward to do so!
3:AM Magazine has recently published an interview by Richard Marshall with Jonathan Bain about philosophy and physics, and philosophy of physics, of course. They hit on a number of Bain’s important articles. It’s great to see philosophy of physics get some publicity, and good one at that!