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CPNS Announces New History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) Initiative for Fall 2014

Sacramento State's HPS Initiative includes new course offerings in the Department of History, a visiting speaker from NASA, graduate student liaisons at Stanford and San Francisco State, the Ultimate Questions Student Discussion Group, and more.

New Book by CPNS Research Fellows

Book Spotlight: Foundations of Relational Realism: A Topological Approach to Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Nature by Michael Epperson and Elias Zafiris

In this unique two-part volume, Michael Epperson and Elias Zafiris chart out a novel, intuitive, event-ontological interpretation of quantum mechanics formalized via the mathematics of category theory and algebraic topology.

"Recommended reading for graduate students and researchers." CHOICE (March 2014)


Recent Events

For a complete list of CPNS events, click here.
May 22-24, 2014  

Presentation: Michael Epperson, “The Ontology and Epistemology of Internal Relations: Bridging the Physical and Conceptual in Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Information”

Presentation: Elias Zafiris, “Sheaves of Boolean Logical Frames: A Local-To-Global Approach To Quantum Geometry And Logic”

Fifth Metalithikum Klausur Symposium: "Computation as Literacy: Self Organizing Maps"

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Zurich, Switzerland

April 5-6, 2014  

Presentation: Michael Epperson, “Potentiality and Contextuality in Quantum Mechanics"

"Quantity/Quality: The Problem of Measure in Philosophy and Science"

U.C. Davis
Davis, California

Campus Events

March 7, 2013

California State University, Sacramento
CPNS and the Department of History
1:30 - 2:45, Summit Room, University Union, 3rd Floor

Lecture: “Between Teleology and Mechanism: The History of the Concept of Organism from a Philosophical Perspective”

Spyridon Koutroufinis

Technical University of Berlin
Visiting Professor
Department of Anthropology
U.C. Berkeley

October 25, 2012

California State University, Sacramento
CPNS and the Department of Mathematics Colloquium
3:00-3:50, Brighton Hall, Rm. 204

Elias Zafiris, University of Athens, Institute of Mathematics: “A Sheaf Theoretic Framework for the Representation of Quantum Event Structures in Terms of Boolean Covering Systems”

October 24, 2012

California State University, Sacramento
CPNS and the Department of History, Co-sponsored by the Hellenic Studies Program and The Hellenic American Professional Society
7:00-8:00 pm, Petris Room, University Library 3023

Lecture: Michael Epperson and Elias Zafiris: “Understanding Quantum Mechanics: The Rehabilitation of Aristotle in Modern Physics”

October 23, 2012

California State University, Sacramento
1:30-2:45, University Union, Folsom Room

Lecture: Karim Bschir, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology: “Potentiality in Natural Philosophy” California State University, Sacramento (3rd Floor)



Foundations of Relational Realism: A Topological Approach to Quantum Mechanics

Project Phase 3 (2013):

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

Michael Epperson, Research Professor, Philosophy of Science, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, California State University, Sacramento; Elias Zafiris, Senior Research Fellow in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics, University of Athens; Karim Bschir, Research Fellow in Philosophy of Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.


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