Thomas Ryckman

Thomas Ryckman's Overview

  • Name:Thomas Ryckman
    Title:Professor (Teaching)
    Additional Appointments:Program in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
    Stanford Philosophy Department Member:Yes
    Areas of Specialization:Philosophy of science, philosophy of physics, history of 20th century physics and philosophy
    Primary Phone:650-725-9665
    Office Number (physical):90-92D

    -- keynote speaker (with Jed Z. Buchwald, Cal Tech) at the Fourth Conference on Integrated History and Philosophy of Science (&HPS4), University of Athens, March 15-18, 2012.  My talk is entitled:"What Does History Matter to Philosophy of Physics?"

    -- speaker at symposium "The Shaky Game: 25 Years Later", APA Pacific Division, Seattle, April 7, 2012.


    Research Interests

    I am currently writing a book (with Arthur Fine) entitled Einstein for the Routledge Philosophers series, edited by Brian Leiter. 

    Short Bio

    I am author of The Reign of Relativity: Philosophy in Physics 1915-1925 (Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Science), 2005, and co-author (with Zellig Harris and Michael Gottfried) of The Form of Information in Science (Boston Studies in Philosophy of Science), 1987. Among recent articles are "Hilbert's 'Foundations of Physics: Gravitation and Electromagnetism within the Axiomatic Method" (with Katherine Brading), Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics v. 39 (2008); "Analytic and Continental Traditions: Frege, Husserl, Carnap and Heidegger" (with Michael Friedman), in The History of Continental Philosophy, v. 3 (2009); and "Worlds Without Number and Without End", catalogue essay for the exhibition "The Island Universe" by Josiah McElheny, White Cube Gallery, London, October, 2008 and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, January, 2009. 


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