History and Philosophy of Physics
Interim Director, Rotman Institute of Philosophy
BA Yale; MA, MS, PhD Pittsburgh
My research focuses on scientific method and the nature of our knowledge of physics. What is the structure and content of physical theories, how are theories evaluated, and how are they extended? I have pursued these questions through philosophical and historical analysis of specific episodes, ranging from Newton’s introduction of the theory of gravity to contemporary cosmology.
I can supervise research in foundations of physics (especially spacetime physics and cosmology), general topics in philosophy of science, and seventeenth century natural philosophy.
Some recent publications
“Predictability crisis in early universe cosmology.” Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern
Physics 46 (2014): 122-133.
"Philosophy of Cosmology,'' in Oxford Handbook for the Philosophy of Physics, edited by R. Batterman. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2013), pp. 607-652.
Essay Review of Kant’s Construction of Nature, by Michael Friedman. Philosophy of Science 82
“Philosophical Geometers and Geometrical Philosophers,” forthcoming in a Minnesota Studies in Philosophy of Science volume, The Mathematization of Nature, edited by B. Hill, G. Gorham, and E. Slowik.