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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

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November 5, 2014  

Public Lecture: CSUS History and Philosophy of Science Program
Visiting Scholar - Dr. Timothy Eastman, NASA Goddard
"Cosmic Agnosticism: Current Problems and Alternative Perspectives in Cosmology" (POSTER) (POWERPOINT)

This talk is intended for a general audience and is open to the public.
7:00 - 8:30 pm, Petris Room, University Library (3rd Floor, Room 3023)

* FREE PARKING ON TOP FLOOR OF PARKING STRUCTURE II * (MAP)

     
November 6, 2014  

Presentation: CSUS History and Philosophy of Science Program
Visiting Scholar - Dr. Timothy Eastman, NASA Goddard
"The Plasma Universe: Gravity Plus Electromagnetism" (POSTER) (POWERPOINT)

Department of Physics Colloquium
California State University, Sacramento
4:00 - 5:20, Mendocino Hall 1015

     
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


Research

 

Foundations of Relational Realism: A Topological Approach to Quantum Mechanics

Project Phase 3 (2013-14):

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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