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Fletcher, Samuel

Dr. Samuel C. Fletcher

Marie Curie Fellow

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Ludwigstr. 31
Raum 124
D-80539 München

Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 6056

Website: http://samuelcfletcher.com/

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Further Information

In 2008 I received my AB in physics from Princeton University, after which I went to the University of California, Irvine, where I received my MS in statistics (2012) and MA (2012) and PhD (2014) in philosophy. While there, I held a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (from 2010-2014). In late August of 2015, I will move to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area to join the Department of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities as an Assistant Professor, but I will retain my affiliation with the MCMP through 2016.

Research Interests

Much of my work so far has concerned the foundations of physics and of statistics, and how problems in these fields inform and are informed by broader issues in the philosophy of science. In particular, I have worked on the notions of intertheoretic reduction and physicality in classical mechanics and in general relativity, as well as on the interpretation of the likelihood principle in statistical inference. I also have interests in the conceptual and physical basis of computation, the philosophy of applied mathematics, and the history of physics and philosophy of science.

Further Activities

I have served as reviewer for a number of international journals and presses for philosophy of science and for physics, including Birkhäuser Press, the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, the Canadian Journal of Physics, Ergo, Erkenntnis, the European Journal for Philosophy of Science, Foundations of Physics, Minds and Machines, Philosophy of Science, Physics Letters A, Springer Verlag, Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, and Synthese. At the MCMP I have organized a graduate workshop in philosophy of physics (with Brian Padden, Patricia Palacios, and Karim Thébault), a conference on philosophical aspects of quantum information and computation (with Michael Cuffaro and Johannes Kofler), and a workshop on foundations of field theories (with Karim Thébault). I was also the convener of the philosophy of physics reading group during the 2014/5 winter term.

Awards

Until 2016 I am a Marie Curie Fellow. From 2010-14 I was a Graduate Research Fellow of the National Science Foundation, and from 2004-8 a National Merit Scholar. I have also received the Robert K. Clifton Memorial Book Prize (2009) from the University of Western Ontario and the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Studentship (2008) from the American Physical Society. In 2014 I received the University of California, Irvine, School of Social Science's Order of Merit for Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarship.

Recent Publications

  • "Similarity, Topology, and Physical Significance in Relativity Theory." British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (forthcoming, 2015).
  • "Light Clocks and the Clock Hypothesis." Foundations of Physics 43.11 (2013): 1369--1383.
  • "What Counts as a Newtonian System? The View from Norton's Dome." European Journal for Philosophy of Science 2.3 (2012): 275--297.