Center for Philosophy and the Natural Sciences
 

COURSES FOR 2014-15:


History 107: History of the Physical Sciences - FALL & SPRING


History 196A: History of Ancient Science - SPRING


ST4320: Orthodox Christianity and Modern Science - SPRING
U.C. Berkeley - Graduate Theological Union

Thursdays, 11:10 am - 2:00 pm, MUDD 205

OTHER CSUS COURSES:

Philosophy 125: Philosophy of Science
Philosophy 131: Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy 26: History of Philosophy
Philosophy 25: Ancient Philosophy
Philosophy 27: Early Modern Philosophy
Philosophy 2: Philosophical Ethics
Philosophy 101: Ethics & Social Issues

RECENT & UPCOMING LECTURES & EVENTS:

May 22-24, 2014 - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich: "The Ontology and Epistemology of Internal Relations: Bridging the Physical and Conceptual in Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Information": 5th Metalithikum Klausur Symposium: "Computation as Literacy: Self Organizing Maps"

April 5-6, 2014 - University of California, Davis: "Potentiality and Contextuality in Quantum Mechanics": Symposium, "Quantity/Quality: The Problem of Measure in Philosophy and Science"

March 13-14, 2014 - National Research Council - National Academy of Sciences: Ford Foundation Panelist. Beckman Center, UC Irvine

October 9, 2013 - Institute of Philosophy, Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Hungary: "Potentiality and Contextuality in Quantum Mechanics: The Relational Realist Approach”

October 8, 2013 - Parmenides Foundation - Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany: Presentation with Elias Zafiris: “Relational Realist Philosophy and the Topological Approach to Quantum Mechanics”

August 21-23, 2013 - Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Amsterdam: Symposium: "Relational Realism, Quantum Gravity, and the Holographic Principle." Sebastian de Haro - Institute of Physics, University of Amsterdam; Dennis Dieks - Utrecht University; Jeroen van Dongen - Utrecht University; Elias Zafiris - CPNS and Institute of Mathematics, University of Athens; Michael Epperson - CPNS, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, CSUS; Karim Bschir - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

For a complete list of past events, click here.


OTHER WORK:

Documentary film The 11th Day at
the British Embassy - Special Event

www.the11thday.org

view trailer (for more information on my documentary films, see below)

NEWS RELEASE

 
 

Michael Epperson, Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead

Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead

2nd ed. Oxford University Press & Fordham University Press, 2012. (1st ed. Hardcover, Fordham University Press, 2004)



Foundations of Relational Realism:
A Topological Approach to Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Nature

 

Lexington Books / Rowman & Littlefield, New York (June, 2013).

 
Michael Epperson and Elias Zafiris, Foundations of Relational Realism

FORTHCOMING IN 2015:

Physics and Speculative Philosophy: Potentiality, Actuality, and Process. (ed. with David Ray Griffin and Timothy Eastman). De Gruyter, Berlin.


CURRICULUM VITAE: Download PDF


RESEARCH:

For project publications click here.

(2013-2014) Experimental Application of the Relational Realist Formalism: A Topological, Sheaf-Theoretic Explication of Quantum Geometric Phases By Analysis of Experimental Data on the Aharonov-Bohm Effect, the Pancharatnam Phase, and the Quantum Hall Effect, Toward a Unified Interpretation

Principal Investigators: Michael Epperson and Elias Zafiris. Co-Investigators: Dr. Karim Bschir, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology; Dr. Timothy Eastman, NASA-Goddard. Supported by a grant from the Fetzer-Franklin Fund (Grant D34C101) and the Parmenides Foundation.

Foundations of Relational Realism (Lexington Books / Rowman & Littlefield, 2013) represents the capstone of our previous project, along with a number of published papers and conference presentations. With this foundational work in place, our next step is to demonstrate the experimental applicability of this sheaf theoretic quantum formalism and its philosophical conceptual framework—viz. its advantages both in terms of prediction and interpretation of data. To that end, for 2013-14, we propose to apply the relational realist framework to the task of explicating the well-known but poorly understood problem of quantum geometric phases. We will do so by analysis of experimental data on the Aharonov-Bohm Effect, the Pancharatnam Phase, and the Quantum Hall Effect, toward a unified interpretation of all three.

(2010-2013) Foundations of Relational Realism: Logical Causality, Intrinsic Decoherence, and a Category-Theoretic Mereotopological Model of Quantum Spacetime

Principal Investigator: Michael Epperson. Co-Investigators: Dr. Elias Zafiris, Senior Research Fellow in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics, University of Athens; Dr. Stuart Kauffman, Research Professor, Complex Systems Center, University of Vermont; Dr. Timothy Eastman, NASA-Goddard; Dr. Karim Bschir, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Supported by a grant from the Fetzer-Franklin Fund (Grant D21C62)

(2008-2009) Logical Causality in Quantum Mechanics: Relational Realism and the Evolution of Ontology to Praxiology in the Philosophy of Nature

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Principal Investigator: Michael Epperson. Co-Investigators: Dr. David Finkelstein, Professor, Department of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology; Dr. Henry P. Stapp, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Dr. Timothy Eastman, NASA-Goddard. Supported by a grant from the Fetzer-Franklin Fund (Grant D11C36)

(2007-2008) Quantum Mechanical Investigations into the Causal and Logical Orders and the Physical Basis of Possibility

Principal Investigator: Michael Epperson. Co-Investigators: Dr. David Finkelstein, Department of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology; Dr. Henry P. Stapp, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Dr. Timothy Eastman, NASA-Goddard. Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.


ADDITIONAL PAPERS:

K. Bschir, M. Epperson, E. Zafiris, “Decoherence: A View from Topology,” European Journal for the Philosophy of Science (in review)

“The Mechanics of Concrescence: Quantum Theory and Process Metaphysics,” Studia Whiteheadiana (Polish translation), Vol 4 (2010): 159-190)

“Quantum Mechanics and Relational Realism: Logical Causality and Wavefunction Collapse,” Process Studies, 38:2 (2009) (PDF)

"Relational Realism: The Evolution of Ontology to Praxiology in the Philosophy of Nature," World Futures, 65:19-41, Routledge (2009)

“Whitehead and Modern Physics” in Handbook of Whiteheadian Process Thought. Nicholas Rescher, Johanna Seibt, Michel Weber, eds. Ontos-Verlag (2008)