Philosophy of Logic, Math and Physics: Graduate Conference, June 5-6, 2014

PoP 2015

Western University’s Philosophy Department also hosts an annual Philosophy of Physics Conference. This year’s annual philosophy of physics conference will be part of Einstein@Rotman 2015Gravity and Geometry: Centenary Perspectives on General Relativity, will take place after the LMP conference from June 6-7, 2015. Philosophers will present physical, philosophical, and historical reflections on Einstein’s theory of gravity and space-time geometry, its development over the past century, and its future prospects. The conference will include speakers John Norton (University of Pittsburgh), Michael Friedman (Stanford University), and others. More information on the conference will be posted here and on the Rotman Institute homepage as details are made available.

Saturday, June 6:

9:30 am-11:00 am
John Norton, University of Pittsburgh
“Einstein’s Discovery of the General Theory of Relativity”

11:15am -12:45 pm
Kaća Bradonjić, Wellesley College
“Less is More: The Advantages of Unimodular Invariance”

12:45 pm – 2:15 pm: Lunch break

2:15 pm-3:45 pm
Carla Cederbaum, University of Tuebingen
Scientific (r)evolution: a mathematical perspective

4:00 pm-5:30 pm
Lee Smolin, Perimeter Institute
“The identity of the indiscernible as a physical principle”

Sunday, June 7:

10:00 am-11:30 am
Marco Giovanelli, Einstein Papers Project
“What is truth?” Einstein on Rods and Clocks in Relativity Theory

11:45 am- 1:15 pm
Michael Friedman, Stanford University
“Historical-Philosophical Reflections on the Principle of Equivalence:  Newtonian, Kantian, and
Einsteinian Relativity”

2017 Keynote Speaker

Doreen Fraser is a professor of philosophy at the University of Waterloo. Her research is largely in the philosophy of quantum field theory, but extends to broader issues such as analogies in physics and the applicability of mathematics.