Models and Modals in Physics Workshop – Dec 16 2022

The FraMEPhys project will host a workshop on Models and Modals in Physics on Friday 16 December 2022, at the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston campus in the Teaching and Learning Building, room 202.

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Samuel C. Fletcher (University of Minnesota)

Michael Townsen Hicks (University of Birmingham)

Lina Jansson (University of Nottingham)

Ray Pedersen (University of Minnesota)

Zee R. Perry (University of Birmingham)


Friday 16 December

10.00 – 11.00: Ray Pedersen, “For one dendritic world”

11.15 – 12.15: Michael Townsen Hicks, “Symmetries and subsystems: understanding the significance of symmetry-variant quantities”

13.30 – 14.30: Lina Jansson, “Dependence and Fictions: Inferring Ontological Commitment from Explanatory Models”

14.45 – 15.45: Zee R. Perry, “In Special Relativity, there’s no speed of light, so what the heck did Michelson measure?! Or, why getting our ontology from our models is a mistake”

16.00 – 17.00: Samuel C. Fletcher, “Dependence, ontology, and counterfactuals in general relativity”