Philosophy of Physics
Epistemology and Metaphysics
Philosophy of Science
Department of Philosophy, Western University
Adam Koberinski is a Master’s candidate in Philosophy. His academic interests are focused in foundational issues in and interpretations of quantum field theories and general relativity. Prior to arrival at Western University, he studied physics as an undergraduate at University of Waterloo, where he worked with the Fluid Dynamics group studying small scale fluid behaviour. He has also worked as a research assistant studying analogies between quantum field theories and condensed matter physics.
My research interests lie mostly within the philosophy of quantum field theories (QFTs), though I have interests spread throughout other domains of physics as well. My first works have focused on the role and applicability of analogy as a method of idea transfer between areas within physics – specifically on the transfer of spontaneous symmetry breaking from condensed matter physics to particle physics. I will be researching the applicability of particle interpretations of QFTs, and whether or not particles can be reasonably said to fall within the ontology of typical QFTs.
Though QFTs are popularly thought to be incomplete, they are the current state of the art for understanding small-scale, high-energy physics, and are well enough established to warrant rigorous philosophical interpretation. Many issues with QFTs can serve as illuminating case studies for broader issues in philosophy of physics and philosophy of science in general: issues with the applicability of infinite idealizations serve as instances for debate on the nature of scientific explanation, as well as the role of mathematics in scientific theories.
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