Mohsen Shiri-Garakani

Associate Professor, Department of Physics
Pace University

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Mohsen Shiri-Garakani finished his doctoral work in physics under the direction of Prof. David Finkelstein at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In that work, Mohsen modified the quantum theory of the harmonic oscillator based on Segals’ Principle of Simplicity, which states: group of a physical theory must be a simple (Lie) group. This principle is based on an interesting observation that major changes in physical theories exhibit a distinct family resemblance: the non-semi-simple group of the old theory simplifies to the group of the new theory, while the latter reproduce the former in some appropriate limit, where (in the reverse order) a physical parameter (e.g. the speed of light) previously thought to be infinite in the old theory (e.g., Galileo relativity), becomes finite in the new theory (e.g., Einstein’s relativity).

Following completion of his Ph.D. at Georgia Tech in 2004, Mohsen taught physics for a year in Augusta State University, Georgia, before he joined the faculty at Pace University, New York, where he is currently as assistant professor of physics.

Part of Mohsen’s current research is focused on studying the general quantization process based on principle of algebraic simplicity and developing a finite quantum theory of the gauge fields (and specifically of gravity). He also studies the philosophical foundations of a quantum theory of space-time with focus on thecausal and logical orders and the physical basis of possibility and extending quantum logic into a quantum theory of spacetime.

Mohsen’s deep interests in foundation of quantum theory granted him a Visiting Fellowship at Harvard University during 2006-2007, where he studied the history of philosophy of general structure of the evolution of physical theories.

Mohsen has been a three-time recipient of Kira Fellowship, provided by the Fetzer Institute, to attend a special summer school in Amherst College in 98, 99, and 2002. The program focused on intersection between science and philosophy and connection between of values and facts. He has also served as Assistant Editor for the International Journal of Theoretical Physics since 2002.



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