New Sacramento State History and Philosophy of Science Program
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CPNS Announces New History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) Program

Starting fall 2014, Sacramento State's HPS Program 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.

"Sac State Initiative Combines Science, History and Philosophy"

  • Sacramento State News Article
   

"Program Cultivates Critical Thinking"

  • State Hornet News Article
 
CPNS Research in Science News
 
Science News editor Tom Siegfried recently reviewed a paper by CPNS Senior Fellows Stuart Kauffman, Michael Epperson, and Ruth Kastner--"Taking Heisenberg's Potentia Seriously" International Journal of Quantum Foundations, 4:2 (2018): 158-172.
 
 
New Books by CPNS Research Fellows
 

Foundations of Relational Realism: A Topological Approach to Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Nature - Michael Epperson and Elias Zafiris (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014)

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)

 
     

Differential Sheaves and Connections: A Natural Approach to Physical Geometry - Elias Zafiris and Anastasios Mallios (World Scientific, 2015)

This unique book provides a self-contained conceptual and technical introduction to the theory of differential sheaves. This serves both the newcomer and the experienced researcher in undertaking a background-independent, natural and relational approach to "physical geometry". In this manner, this book is situated at the crossroads between the foundations of mathematical analysis with a view toward differential geometry and the foundations of theoretical physics with a view toward quantum mechanics and quantum gravity.

 
     

Physics and Speculative Philosophy: Potentiality in Modern Science - Tim Eastman, Michael Epperson, David Ray Griffin, Eds. (De Gruyter, 2016)

Through both an historical and philosophical analysis of the concept of possibility, we show how including both potentiality and actuality as part of the real is both compatible with experience and contributes to solving key problems of fundamental process and emergence. Contribtors include Michael Epperson, Stuart Kauffman, Elias Zafiris, George Shields, Karim Bschir, Reginald Cahill, David Ray Griffin.

 

Research

 

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.

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