March 25, 2019

Congratulations to Adwait Parker, winner of the 2019 Du Châtelet Prize in Philosophy of Physics. Adwait receives this award for his paper “Newton on Active and Passive Quantities of Matter”, and he will give his prize lecture at Duke University on April 4th at 4:30pm,...

December 17, 2018

My book on Émilie Du Châtelet and the foundations of physical science, published by Routledge, is out now, available direct from Routledge or via Amazon. My thanks to everyone who has helped make this happen.

December 5, 2018

Duke University is pleased to announce the Du Châtelet Prize in Philosophy of Physics, an annual award that celebrates excellence in philosophy of physics and promotes breadth across the field both historically and philosophically.

The prize — supported by Duke in colla...

December 5, 2018

Emily Thomas's edited volume Early Modern Women in Metaphysics is out now, published by Cambridge University Press. For a review, and an overview of the contents, see Julia Borcherding in NDPR, who writes:

"In conclusion, if there is anything that this rich collection o...

September 6, 2018

In 1918, Emmy Noether published a paper containing a result that physicists know and love, by which they connect symmetries to conserved quantities. Often referred to as "Noether's theorem", this is the first of two theorems that she proved in her 1918 paper. The secon...

June 1, 2018

Congratulations to Lisa Shapiro, winner of the first Ulrike Detmers Elisabeth of Bohemia and Herford Prize, awarded for outstanding work on the philosopher Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia, Abbess of Herford (1618-1680). Lisa's work on Elisabeth includes The Cor...

April 18, 2018

April 26-28, 2018, Notre Dame hosts a conference on the philosophy of Émilie Du Châtelet, celebrating the completion of the English translation of her Foundations of Physics. The translated chapters are being made available here, on this website, as they become availab...

March 22, 2018

UPDATE (Dec 2018): Thank you to everyone who made this such an energetic, compelling, and inspiring few days.

March 22, 2018: Marius Stan and I are organizing a workshop, to be held at Duke University, 16-18 November 2018, on topics relating to our book project, Philoso...

March 22, 2018

Pablo's paper "Intimate Connections" is now published in Philosophy of Science (84(5): 1275-1288). This paper investigates Wigner's claims that the connection between symmetries and conservation laws is more intimate in quantum mechanics than in classical mechanics.

January 17, 2018

Congratulations to Pablo Ruiz de Olano, who has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science in Berlin, as part of Alex Blum's team working on "Historical Epistemology of the Final Theory Program" https://www....

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