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  CPNS Research Spotlight: The Mathematics of Archimedes Discovered in Quantum Mechanics Promising Major Advances
In a groundbreaking set of two papers recently published in Foundations of Physics, CPNS Senior Research Fellow Elias Zafiris demonstrates how the mathematics of Archimedes opens important new doors in quantum theory, with astounding practical applications. Building on ideas developed in his and Michael Epperson's book Foundations of Relational Realism: A Topological Approach to Quantum Mechanics, Zafiris' new papers exemplify the importance of History and Philosophy of Science in the continued advance of modern physics. Click the following links for Paper 1 and Paper 2.

CPNS Research Spotlight: Foundations of Relational Realism: A Topological Approach to Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Nature by CPNS Research Fellows 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.

  Michael Epperson, "The Creative Universe" Institute of Art and Ideas News, Issue 96


CSUS History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) Program

Sacramento State's HPS Program includes new course offerings in the Department of History, visiting scholars, graduate student liaisons, and more.

CPNS Research in Science News: Rehabilitating Aristotle in Quantum Theory

Ontogenesis Process Group

Sha Xin Wei (ASU), Stuart Kauffman (Santa Fe), Giuseppe Longo (École Normale Supérieure), Michael Epperson (CPNS - CSUS), Adam Nocek (ASU), Cary Wolfe (Rice), Phillip Thurtle (Univ. of Washington), Gaymon Bennett (ASU), Erin Espelie (University of Colorado Boulder). Recent publication: Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 25.3, Special Issue, "Ontogenesis Beyond Complexity," June 2020.


Michael Epperson
- Founding Director & Principal Investigator

The Consortium for Philosophy and the Natural Sciences, in affiliation with the Department of History at California State University Sacramento, engages in research and scholarship that explores the historical and philosophical implications underlying recent innovations in contemporary science, including those occurring in the areas of quantum physics, cosmology, and the study of complex adaptive systems. In addition to our research, teaching, and undergraduate programmatic activities, our mission is to foster and enhance the understanding of modern science and its philosophical, historical, cultural, and social implications.


Foundations of Relational Realism: The Evolution of Set Theoretic External Relations to Category Theoretic Internal Relations Toward an Event-Ontological, Topological Approach to Quatnum Mechanics

Principal Investigator: Michael Epperson, Director, CPNS, California State University, Sacramento. Co-Investigators: Elias Zafiris, Senior Research Fellow in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics, University of Athens; Karim Bschir, Research Fellow, Philosophy of Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology; Timothy Eastman, NASA-Goddard; Stuart Kauffman, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Pennsylvania.

July 10, 2021 - Cobb Institute, Claremont Graduate University - Michael Epperson and Elias Zafiris - Symposium panelists: "Untying the Gordian Knot - Process, Reality, and Context"
September 26-28, 2019 - Stony Brook University - Keynote Talk, Michael Epperson: “Subject, Object, and Ontological Process in Quantum Mechanics”- 2nd Annual Phenomenological Approaches to Physics Conference - (Brochure and Speaker Schedule)
August 21-22, 2019 - Thirty Years of Complex Thinking: A Celebration of Stuart Kauffman’s Contributions to the Field of Complex Systems - Santa Fe Institute - Presentation, Michael Epperson: "Dipolar Duality: Actuality and Potentiality in Quantum Mechanics"
June 17-20, 2018 - 18th Annual Biosemiotics Gathering - UC Berkeley - Presentation, Michael Epperson: Quantum Origins of Ontic Emergence
February 8-12, 2018 - Ontogenetics Process Group – Santa Fe, New Mexico - Workshop: Stuart Kauffman, Complexity Theory; Sha Xin Wei, Arts, Media & Engineering, ASU; Philip Thurtle, Comp. History of Ideas, Univ. of Washington; Michael Epperson, History and Philosophy of Science, CSUS-CPNS; Cary Wolfe, Cultural Theory, Rice University; Adam Nocek, Arts, Media & Engineering, ASU; Erin Espelie, Film Studies & Critical Media Practices, University of Colorado Boulder, Editor-in Chief, Natural History magazine.
November 13-15, 2017 - Beyond Complexity: The Biosocial After the Digital – Arizona State University - Presentation, Michael Epperson: “Contextual Measurement in Quantum Mechanics: Inducing the Objective Global from the Subjective Local.”
April 19-23, 2017 - Arizona State University - School of Arts, Media, and Engineering - Ontogenesis Group - Inaugural Workshop - Santa Fe, New Mexico - Stuart Kauffman; Sha Xin Wei, Arts, Media & Engineering, ASU; Michael Epperson, History and Philosophy of Science, CSUS-CPNS; Cary Wolfe, Rice University; Philip Thurtle, Univ. of Washington; Adam Nocek, ASU
January 13-16, 2016 - Arizona State University - School of Arts, Media, and Engineering - Synthesis Center - Workshop: "Quantum Mechanics + Category Theory After Deleuze and Badiou"

June 4-7, 2015 - Pomona College: 10th International Whitehead Conference: 5 presentations - Michael Epperson: [1] Section IV, Track 2 “The Ontology of Contextualized Potentiality: Whiteheadian Internal Relations in Quantum Mechanics”; [2] Section IV, Track 7: "A Whiteheadian Look at Tononi and Koch’s Integrated Information Theory"; [3] Section II, Track 1: “A Mereotopological Bridging of Prehension and Extension in Whiteheadian Cosmology”; [4] Section IX, Track 4: “The Whiteheadian Path from Quantum Physics to Psychology”; Elias Zafiris: Section IV, “Sheaves of Boolean Internal Relational Frames: A Whiteheadian Approach to Quantum Geometry”

November 19, 2014 - CSUS History and Philosophy of Science Program - Visiting Scholar Dr. Robert Geyer, University of Lancaster: "Using Complexity to Help Understand and Manage Public Policy" - 5:30 - 7:30 pm Petris Room, University Library.

November 5 & 6, 2014 - CSUS History and Philosophy of Science Program - Visiting Scholar - Dr. Timothy Eastman, NASA Goddard:
Nov. 5: "Cosmic Agnosticism: Current Problems and Alternative Perspectives in Cosmology"
Nov. 6: "The Plasma Universe: Gravity Plus Electromagnetism"

May 22-24, 2014 - "Computation as Literacy: Self Organizing Maps" (2016, Birkhäuser) Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland. 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”

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