Professor Markus Müller joined Western University in 2015 as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Applied Mathematics and Philosophy. He also holds a Canada Research Chair in the Foundations of Physics at Western. In addition, Dr. Müller is an associate faculty member at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo. His work addresses [...]
Carl Craver, of Washington University in St. Louis, recently delivered two talks at the Rotman Institute, co-sponsored by Western's Brain and Mind Institute, as part of our yearly neurophilosophy speaker series. The first talk, entitled Memory, Time and Agency, was an examination of how individuals with episodic amnesia make future-oriented decisions. The second talk, Ontic [...]
by Benjamin Hill On Sept. 14th at 4:50 am EST the LIGO facilities in Livingston, LA and Hanford, WA recorded a brief flash of light. Barely two weeks into its first run after an upgrade, LIGO detected its first gravity wave (Abbott et al. PhysRevLett 116:061102). Gravity waves are vibrations of spacetime and they were [...]
Leo Kadanoff—renowned physicist and beloved teacher—passed away early this week. Here at the Rotman Institute, we benefited greatly from Dr. Kadanoff’s deep knowledge of physics and extensive academic experience. He was a valued member of the Institute's International Advisory Committee (IAC) from 2008 to 2012. These five years were pivotal for the Institute, and we [...]
by Craig Fox A popular picture of scientific revolutions, such as Einstein’s overthrow of Newtonian physics, paints them as involving something like a gestalt shift; they involve a sudden reorientation of the perspective through which we see the world. The perspective through which scientists see the world is a more or less loose set of [...]
Anouk Barberousse and Robert Batterman have been added to the ACMES playlist on the Rotman Youtube Channel
Videos of lectures by Anouk Barberousse and Robert Batterman have been uploaded onto the Rotman YouTube channel, and can be found in the ACMES playlist. The Algorithms and Complexity in Mathematics, Epistemology and Science (ACMES) conference was held this past May, here at Western. The final video from this conference, a lecture by Ursula Martin, [...]
Algorithms and Complexity in Mathematics, Epistemology and Science playlist created on Rotman YouTube channel
The Algorithms and Complexity in Mathematics, Epistemology and Science (ACMES) conference was held this past May, here at Western. Invited speakers at the conference included Max Gunzburger, Jesús Sanz-Serna, and Mark Wilson. Videos of each of their lectures have been uploaded onto the Rotman YouTube channel, and can be found in the ACMES playlist. Remaining [...]
#TBT Colin Howson’s lecture, “Should Probabilities be Countably Additive?”, is up on the Rotman YouTube Channel
During the 2010/2011 Rotman Institute of Philosophy Speaker Series, Colin Howson, of the University of Toronto, delivered a lecture entitled "Should Probabilities be Countably Additive?", examining a specific case in the philosophy of science related to probability. Video of this lecture is now available on the Rotman YouTube channel.
During the 2010/2011 Rotman Institute of Philosophy Speaker Series, Susan Haack spoke about Scientism, the view that natural science is the most authoritative way of looking at the world, and is superior to other interpretations of life. Video of this lecture, Six Signs of Scientism, is now available on the Rotman YouTube channel.
The 14th Annual Philosophy of Physics conference, Conceptions of Empirical Success, was held in Honor of Bill Harper’s retirement in 2010, and was organized by Wayne Myrvold. It features speakers on topics to which Harper made important contributions — in particular, historical approaches to questions of empirical success and decision theory.