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History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) Initiative - CSUS Department of History

In response to increasing student interest in science’s latest answers to the Big Questions, and the growing importance of science in today’s knowledge economy, Sacramento State will join the ranks of top-tier universities offering History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) programs, launching its own HPS Initiative this fall. In the 2014-15 academic year, this initiative is expected to achieve official curricular program status. Sacramento State's HPS Initiative

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

CPNS Program for Science and Human Values

Graduate Courses at U.C. Berkeley - Graduate Theological Union: Starting this spring, the CPNS Program for Science and Human Values, in collaboration with U.C. Berkeley-GTU, will be offering graduate courses that explore the history of religion and modern science. The first of these courses, "Orthodox Christianity and Modern Science: A Dialogue with the Western Scholastic Tradition" will be offered Spring 2015, taught by Michael Epperson.

 

 

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Synergies in Applied Philosophy of Science (SynAPS) Network

An affiliation of research centers spanning diverse disciplines in the sciences, humanities, engineering, and the arts, this network includes CPNS at California State University, Sacramento; the Program for Computer Aided Architectural Design at ETH Zurich; and the Synthesis Center in the School of Arts, Media & Engineering at Arizona State University. We focus on those disciplines where engineering and technology serve as a bridge between experience and scientific formal structures and conceptual frameworks—a bridge reflective of the larger Aristotelian bridge between scientific theories, whose virtues are logical and intuitive reasoning, and scientific practice, whose virtues are technology, art, and in the broadest sense, an ecology of practical knowledge.

Foundations of Relational Realism: A Topological Approach to Quantum Mechanics

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 groundwork in place—a philosophical and mathematical formalism applicable to quantum mechanics specifically, and to natural philosophy more generally—our next step is to demonstrate the experimental applicability of this formalism—viz. its advantages both in terms of prediction and interpretation of data. To that end, we are applying the relational realist sheaf-theoretic formalism to the task of explicating the well-known but poorly understood problem of quantum geometric phases. We are doing so via an analysis of experimental data on the Aharonov-Bohm Effect, the Pancharatnam Phase, and the Quantum Hall Effect, toward a unified interpretation of all three.

 
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