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James Weatherall
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UC Irvine logic & philosophy of sciences researchers ask questions like:

barrettAre mathematical claims true and false in the same ways that claims about the empirical world are?

Do alternate quantum worlds exist, and if so, how do they shape our experience of the world we actually live in?

Can evolutionary game theory help us understand how and why humans form social contracts ensuring fairness and cooperation?

Their research crosses disciplinary boundaries. Using the latest scientific findings, mathematical logic and computer simulations, scholars in the Department of Logic & Philosophy of Science at UC Irvine investigate what we are able to know about the world through science, and precisely how it is that science enables us to know it.

The Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science brings together faculty and students interested in a wide range of topics including: general philosophy of science; philosophy of physics, biology, linguistics, and social science; foundations and philosophy of mathematics and logic; and philosophy of mathematics in application.

LPS faculty annually instruct and mentor a small, select group of graduate students who go on to teaching and research careers at top educational institutions around the world.

LPS also has strong connections with several science departments, including mathematics, physics, biology, computer science, economics and mathematical behavioral sciences.


Check us out online or call to schedule a visit. Applications for fall 2015 are currently being accepted.

pictured: (top) James Weatherall, UCI associate professor & author of The Physics of Wall Street. (right) Professor Jeff Barrett is working to resolve the quantum measurement problem.

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