James Owen Weatherall

Professor, Logic & Philosophy of Science
School of Social Sciences

A.B., Harvard College, 2005, Physics and Philosophy

M.A., Harvard University, 2005, Physics

Ph.D., Stevens Institute of Technology, 2009, Physics and Mathematical Science

M.F.A., Fairleigh Dickinson University, 2010, Creative Writing

Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 2012, Philosophy (LPS)

Phone: (949) 824-6656
Email: weatherj@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
3151 Social Science Plaza A
Irvine, CA 92697

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Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy of Science, Mathematical Physics, Philosophy of Economics
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UCI Alumni Association Lauds and Laurels Outstanding Graduate Student Award, University of California, Irvine, 2012.
Robert K. Clifton Memorial Book Prize, for "On the status of the geodesic principle in Newtonian and relativistic physics," University of Western Ontario, 2011.
Justine Lambert Graduate Prize in the Foundations of Science, for "The Motion of a Body in Newtonian Theories," University of California, Irvine, 2010.
Thomas T. Hoopes Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Research, for "Eff ective Field Theories and the Pragmatics of Explanation," Harvard College, 2005.
My principal interests concern topics arising when one studies general relativity in conjunction with other classical theories of gravitation, such as the geometrized reformulation of Newtonian gravitation (sometimes called Newton-Cartan theory). I am also interested in the mathematical and conceptual foundations of classical field theories more generally and in certain topics in general philosophy of science, particularly concerning the relations between different physical theories. I maintain significant side interests in category theory, the history of finance, and science popularization.
Publications Void: The Strange Physics of Nothing. New Haven: Yale University Press (2016).
  The Physics of Wall Street: A Brief History of Predicting the Unpredictable. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2013).
  The Everett Papers Project, edited with J. Barrett and P. Byrne. UCIspace@The Libraries. (2011)
  "The Geometry of Conventionality," with J. Manchak. Philosophy of Science 81(2), 233-247 (2014).
  "What is a Singularity in Geometrized Newtonian Gravitation?" Forthcoming in Philosophy of Science.
  "Inertial motion, explanation, and the foundations of classical space-time theories." Forthcoming in Towards a Theory of Spacetime Theories. D. Lehmkuhl, G. Schiemann, and E. Scholz eds. Birkhauser: Boston, MA (2014).
  "The scope and generality of Bell-type theorems." Foundations of Physics 43(9), 1153-1169 (2013).
  “A brief remark on energy conditions and the Geroch-Jang Theorem.” Foundations of Physics. 42(2), 209-214 (2012)
  “On the status of the geodesic principle in Newtonian and relativistic physics.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics. 42(4), 276-281 (2011).
  “On (Some) Explanations in Physics.” Philosophy of Science. 78(3), 421-447 (2011).
  “The Motion of a Body in Newtonian Theories.” Journal of Mathematical Physics. 52(3), 032502 (2011).
  “Index of refraction engineering in fi ve level DIGS atoms,” with S. Sagona-Stophel and C. Search. Optics Letters. 36(6), 3130 (2011).
  “Lossless anomalous dispersion and an inversionless gain doublet via dressed interacting ground states,” with C. Search. Physical Review A 81, 023806 (2010).
  “Electromagnetically Induced Transparency in a Double Well Atomic Josephson Junction,” with C. Search. Acta Physica Polonica A 116(4), 455-459 (2009).
  “Quantum control of dispersion in electromagnetically induced transparency via interacting dressed ground states,” with C. Search. Physical Review A 78, 053802 (2008).
  “Quantum control of electromagnetically induced transparency dispersion via atomic tunneling in a double-well Bose-Einstein condensate,” with C. Search and M. Jääskeläainen. Physical Review A 78, 013830 (2008).
Grants NSF Grant #1331126, "A Theoretical Study of the Conceptual, Mathematical, and Explanatory Interconnections at the Foundations of Classical Field Theories," NSF Science and Technology Studies Research Grant, $221,590, 2013-2016.
NSF Grant #1328172, "Comprehending and Regulating Financial Crises," co-PI w/ N. Bandelj, J. Elyachar, and G. Richardson, NSF Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research Team Exploratory Grant, $249,928, 2013-2015.
NEH Grant #AQ51039, "What is Time? Perspectives from Physics, Philosophy, Fiction, and Film," NEH Big Questions Course Development Grant, $21,991, 2014-2017.
American Philosophical Association
Philosophy of Science Association
American Physical Society
Foundational Questions Institute
American Association for the Advancement of Science
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Last updated 10/25/2016