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Jonathan Bain, PhD

Associate Professor

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

Education

  • 1998: PhD, History and Philosophy of Science
    University of Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1996: MS, Physics
    University of Pittsburgh
  • 1992: MA, History and Philosophy of Science
    University of Pittsburgh
  • 1989: BS, Applied Mathematics/Physics
    University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA

Current Academic Posts

  • 2005-present: Associate Professor
    Department of Technology, Culture and Society, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering
  • 2013-present: Affiliated Faculty
    History of Science and Science Studies, New York University
  • 2010-present: Affiliated Faculty
    Department of Philosophy, New York University

Recent Publications

  • The Emergence of Spacetime in Condensed Matter Approaches to Quantum Gravity. In Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, Vol. 44, pp. 338-345; 2013.
  • Category-Theoretic Structure and Radical Ontic Structural Realism. In Synthese Vol. 190, pp. 1621-1635; 2013.
  • Effective Field Theories. In Batterman, B. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Physics, Oxford University Press, pp. 224-254; 2013.
  • Emergence in Effective Field Theories. In European Journal for Philosophy of Science; 2013. (Published online 2013; DOI 10.1007/s13194-013-0067-0.)
  • CPT Invariance, the Spin-Statistics Connection, and the Ontology of Relativistic Quantum Field Theories. In Erkenntnis; 2011. (Published online 2011; DOI 10.1007/s10670-011-9324-9.)
  • Quantum Field Theories in Classical Spacetimes and Particles. In Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, Vol. 42, pp. 98-106; 2011.

University Service

  • 2010-present: Executive Committee
    Department of Technology, Culture and Society (TCS), NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering
  • 2010-present: Co-Director 
    Science and Technology Studies program, NYU-Polytechnic
  • 2008-present: Member
    Undergraduate Curriculum and Standards Committee, NYU-Polytechnic

Dr. Jonathan Bain is associate professor of philosophy of science in the Department of Technology, Culture and Society at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, with affiliations in the Department of Philosophy, NYU-FAS and the History of Science and Science Studies Program, NYU-Gallatin. He is co-director of NYU Polytechnic's Science and Technology Studies Program.  He has published on topics in the philosophy of quantum field theory, including the ontological significance of the CPT and Spin-Statistics theorems, relativity and quantum field theory, and the debate over field versus particle interpretations of QFTs.  He has also published on topics in philosophy of spacetime, philosophy of quantum gravity and structural realism.  He obtained a PhD in History and Philosophy of Science and an MS in Physics, both from the University of Pittsburgh.

Awards & Distinctions

2004-2006: Othmer Junior Faculty Fellowship, Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

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