Readings (All Time)

Academic Year 2018-2019

Spring 2019

April 23 2019: K. McKenzie 2017, “Relativities of fundamentality”

J. Polchinksi 2017, “Dualities of fields and strings”

March 12: D. Wallace 2019, “Naturalness and Emergence

February 19: J. Butterfield 2018, book review of S. Hossenfelder’s Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray

                            S. Hossenfelder 2018, response on blog

February 5: Ma, Kofler, and Zeilinger 2016, “Delayed-choice Gedanken experiments and their realizations.”

January 22: M. Lange 2014, “Depth and Explanation in Mathematics.”

December 5, 2018: M. Weisberg 2017, “New approaches to the division of cognitive labor”

Optional: M. Strevens 2003, “The role of the priority rule in science

November 7: J. Wells 2018, “Finetuned Cancellations and Improbable Theories.”

October 24: A. Linde 2006, “Sinks in the landscape, Boltzmann brains, and the cosmological constant problem.”

October 17: B. Loewer draft, “The Mantaculus Vision” and D. Albert 2012, “Physics and Chance”

October 10: C. Fuchs and R. Schack’s 2004, “Unknown quantum states and operations, a Bayesian view

September 26: J. Earman 2018, “Believing the unbelievable”

September 19, 2018: C. Glymour 1981, “Why I am not a Bayesian.”

Academic Year 2017-2018

5/15/18
Grad student panel: (Josh Hunt and AJ Kuhr)

4/9/18
Grad student panel (in conjunction with Science, Values, and the Public reading group)

2/16/18
A. Borrelli 2012: “The Case of the Composite Higgs

2/2/18
T. Cao 2016: “The Englert-Brout-Higgs mechanism — An unfinished project

1/19/18
C. Quigg 2016: “Future colliders: Scientific overview
C. Quigg 2015: “Particle physics after the Higgs-boson discovery

11/30/17
N. Dewar 2017: “Interpretation and equivalence

11/9/17
D. Wallace 2017: “Why black hole information loss is paradoxical

10/26/17
T. Maudlin 2017: “(Information) paradox lost

10/12/17
J. Dougherty and C. Callendar 2016: “Black hole thermodynamics: more than an analogy?

9/28/17
P. Williams 2015: “Naturalness, the autonomy of scales, and the 125 GeV Higgs

9/14/17
K. Crowther and N. Linnemann 2017: “Renormalizability, fundamentality, and a final theory: the role of UV-completion in the search for quantum gravity

Academic Year 2016-2017
5/11/17
T. Menon (ms): Taking up superspace
5/4/17
P. Schwarz and J. Schwarz (2004): Supersymmetry and superspace (Ch 9)
4/26/17
J. Holloway presents “Continuum-Many Interacting Worlds”
3/10/17
J.T. Ismael (2016): How physics makes us free (selections)
Special guest: Prof. David Garfinkle (Oakland U.)
2/17/17
J. Hartle and M. Srednicki (2007): Are we typical?
2/10/17
S. Weinberg (2005): Living in the multiverse
2/3/17
No meeting! Go to this talk instead!
1/20/17

Y. Benétreau-Dupin: Blurring out Cosmic Puzzles (2015)

12/7/16

H. Nielson & M. Ninomiya: A No-Go Theorem for Regularizing Chiral Fermions (1981)

11/30/16
11/16/16
11/9/16
K. Coffey: On Mass and Energy in Special Relativistic Particle Dynamics
(e-mail for a copy)
10/26/16
Stanford Encyclopedia blurb: QM Supertasks
10/12/16
R. Batterman: Philosophical implications of Kadanoff’s work on the renormalization group
10/05/16

J. Baez: Struggles with the continuum, Sections 4-5

9/28/16

J. Baez: Struggles with the continuum, Sections 1-3

9/21/16

Optional: Schneider et al. comment on Dunkel and Hilbert paper
Optional: Dunkel and Hilbert rebuttal

Academic Year 2015-2016

3/22/16
Robert Weingard: Do virtual particles exist?
3/15/16
2/16/16
2/2/16
G. Romero and D. Pérez: Presentism meets black holes
1/19/16
12/4/15
11/13/15
H. Greaves and W. Myrvold: Everett and evidence
10/30/15
10/23/15

F. Arntzenius and H. Greaves: Time reversal in classical electromagnetism

10/9/15
Workshop planning
10/2/15
Almheiri, Marolf, Polchinski, and Sully: Black holes: complementarity or firewalls?
A. Almheiri et al.: An apologia for firewalls
9/25/15
9/18/15
Organizational meeting
Academic Year 2014-2015
12/8/14
Laura Ruetsche, Interpreting Quantum Theories (pg. 102-116)11/24/14
Laura Ruetsche, Interpreting Quantum Theories (pg. 86-101)

11/17/14
Laura Ruetsche, Interpreting Quantum Theories (pg. 73-86)

11/10/14

Laura Ruetsche, Interpreting Quantum Theories (pg. 46-72)

11/3/14

Aephraim Steinberg, Amir Feizpour, Lee Rozema, Dylan Mahler, and Alex Hayat, In Praise of Weakness
Yakir Aharonov, David Z. Albert, and Lev Vaidman, How the Result of a Measurement of a Component of the Spin of a Spin-1/2 Particle Can Turn Out to be 100
Boaz Tamir and Eliahu Cohen, Introduction to Weak Measurements and Weak Values
10/27/14
Laura Ruetsche, Interpreting Quantum Theories (pg. 24-45)
10/20/14
David Wallace, Deflating the Aharonov-Bohm Effect
10/6/14
R. I. G. Hughes, The Structure and Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics (chapters 2, 3, & 5)
9/22/14
Chris Smeenk, Philosophy of Cosmology
9/22/14
Laura Ruetsche, Interpreting Quantum Theories (pg. 1-24)
9/15/14

Academic Year 2013-2014

4/24/14
Organizational meeting
4/10/14
Francois Englert, Broken Symmetry and Yang-Mills Theory3/27/14

Frank Arntzenius, Space, Time, & Stuff, Chapter 3: The world according to quantum mechanics
3/13/14
Craig Callender, Taking Thermodynamics Too Seriously
2/20/14
2/6/14
Abhay Ashtekar, Luca Bombelli, and Oscar Reula, The Covariant Phase Space of Asymptotically Flat Gravitational Fields
12/16/13
Imre Lakatos, Falsification and the Methodology of Scientific Research Programmes12/2/13
Jonathan Cohen and Craig Callender, A Better Best System Account of Lawhood

11/18/13
Francesco Buscemi, All Entangled Quantum States are Nonlocal

11/4/13

10/21/13

Sheldon Goldstein, Stochastic Mechanics and Quantum Theory
Guido Bacciagaluppi, A Conceptual Introduction to Nelson’s Mechanics

9/30/13
Jonathan Bain, Emergence in Effective Field Theories

9/23/13

Presentation: Gabriele Carcassi, Determinism and Reversibility: how they coincide with Hamiltonian mechanics and why they are needed

9/16/13

Tim Maudlin, On the Unification of Physics

Academic Year 2012-2013

4/15/13
Doreen Fraser, In Support of the Coalesced Structures Argument: Classical Statistical Mechanics and Constructive QFT4/8/13
Adam Helfer, Do Black Holes Radiate? (pg. 1-10 & 56-66)
Joe Polchinski, Guest Post: Joe Polchinski on Black Holes, Complementarity, and Firewalls
Gerard ‘t Hooft, The Scattering Matrix Approach for the Quantum Black Hole (sections 1, 6, & 11) [OPTIONAL]

4/1/13
David Wallace, Time-dependent Symmetries: the link between gauge symmetries and indeterminism
John Norton, General Covariance, Gauge Theories, and the Kretschmann Objection (OPTIONAL)
Michael Redhead, The Interpretation of Gauge Symmetry (OPTIONAL)

3/25/13
Alexei Grinbaum, Which Fine-Tuning Arguments Are Fine?
Gian Giudice, Naturally Speaking: The Naturalness Criterion and Physics at the LHC

3/11/13
David Baker, Can We Make Do Without Observables? Evaluating Spacetime State Realism
David Wallace and Christopher Timpson, Quantum Mechanics on Spacetime I: Spacetime State Realism (OPTIONAL)

2/25/13
Eleanor Knox, Newton-Cartan Theory and Teleparallel Gravity: The Force of a Formulation

2/11/13
David Wallace, Taking Particle Physics Seriously
Doreen Fraser, Quantum .Field theory: Underdetermination, Inconsistency, and Idealization

1/28/13
David Mermin, Quantum Mechanics: Fixing the Shifty Split
David Mermin, What’s Bad About This Habit?
Christopher Fuchs, QBism, the Perimeter of Quantum Bayesianism (ONLY pages 1-14)

1/23/13
David Albert, Physics and Narrative
Simon Judes, Narratability and Cluster Decomposition (OPTIONAL)

12/14/12
David Wallace and Hilary Greaves, Empirical Consequences of Symmetries

11/30/12
Allori, Goldstein, Tumulka, and Zanghi, Predictions and Primitive Ontology in Quantum Foundations: A Study of Examples

11/16/12
Scott Aaronson, Why Philosophers Should Care About Computational Complexity

11/2/12
Hilary Greaves, Probability in the Everett Interpretation

10/19/12
Nick Huggett and Christian Wuthrich, Is Science Without Spacetime Possible?

10/5/12
Erik Verlinde, On the Origin of Gravity and the Laws of Newton

9/21/12
Laura Ruetsche, Philosophical Aspects of Quantum Field Theory: I
Laura Ruetsche, Philosophical Aspects of Quantum Field Theory: II