Category: News

Amir Aczel 1950-2015

January 13th, 2016 in News

The Center is saddened to announce the death of our long-time friend and visiting researcher, Amir Aczel. You can find his obituary from the New York Times here: Amir Aczel, Author of Scientific Cliffhanger, dies at 65. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made via Go Fund Me, to Amir’s last project to have the ancient Khmer stele with the world’s oldest recorded zero installed at the National Museum of Cambodia. More information on the project and Dr. Aczel’s research can be found here: The Zig-Zagging History Of The Number Zero.

There will be an event in Dr. Aczel’s memory at the Brookline Booksmith, Harvard Street, Brookline, on February 4th at 7pm.

He will be greatly missed.

Welcome Nahuel Sznajderhaus

September 18th, 2015 in News

The Center is pleased to welcome visiting graduate student Nahuel Sznajderhaus from the Philosophy of Science program at the University of Leeds, who is conducting research on the foundation of physics and interpretation of quantum mechanics. He will be participating as a speaker for our first event of the year “Quantum Mechanics and Modality” on October 9th.

Click here for more information on Nahuel’s research. 

Abner Shimony 1928-2015

August 11th, 2015 in News

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our colleague and long-time friend of the Center, Abner Shimony. A remembrance webpage with an obituary, written by Center Director, Alisa Bokulich, and Don Howard (Notre Dame Professor and former student of Abner’s) can be found here, along with additional photos and remembrances from the community.
You can watch a video of Abner’s final lecture in the Boston Colloquium, titled “Reminiscences”, given on the occasion of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Center here: colloquium 2010–2011
Abner’s profound mind and gentle spirit will be greatly missed.

Congratulations Lee McIntyre!

June 16th, 2015 in News

Congratulations to Center Researcher Lee McIntyre on the publication of his book Respecting Truth: Willful Ignorance in the Internet Age. Book signing with wine and hors d’oeuvres at Newtonville Books in Newton, Massachusetts, on Sunday, July 19th from 2-4 p.m.

Welcome Monica Solomon

April 28th, 2015 in News

The Center is pleased to welcome visiting graduate student Monica Solomon from the HPS Program at the University Notre Dame, who is conducting research on the development of the concept of force in Isaac Newton’s work

Templeton grant awarded to CPHS faculty member

January 21st, 2015 in News

Center faculty member, Russell Powell, receives prestigious Templeton grant  to explore the philosophical implications of convergent evolution.  In addition to funding Professor Powell’s research, the grant will help fund a session of the Colloquium this Fall on “Convergent Minds,” which will explore the independent evolution of complex cognitive capacities in very different species.

Searching for the World’s First Zero

September 26th, 2014 in News

The Center’s Visiting Researcher Amir Aczel rediscovers in Cambodia the long-lost artifact bearing the world’s oldest known zero. Read more about this discovery and the history of the concept of zero in Aczel’s article in the Huffington Post.

Boston Studies Volume Wins International Prize for Best Work in Philosophy of Science

September 26th, 2014 in News

Is Water H20? Evidence, Realism, and Pluralism, by Hasok Chang is the 2013 winner of the Fernando Gil International Prize in the Philosophy of Science which awards a work of particular excellence in the field. Read more about the volume here.

The Boston Studies in Philosophy and History of Science book series was founded here at the Center by Director Emeritus, Bob Cohen, initially to publish the proceedings of the Boston Colloquium, but has since grown to be one of the premier philosophy of science series in the world.

Boston Studies Volume Wins International Prize for Best Work in Philosophy of Science

February 26th, 2014 in News

Is Water H20? Evidence, Realism, and Pluralism, by Hasok Chang is the 2013 winner of the Fernando Gil International Prize in the Philosophy of Science which awards a work of particular excellence in the field. Read more about the volume here.

The Boston Studies in Philosophy and History of Science book series was founded here at the Center by Director Emeritus, Bob Cohen, initially to publish the proceedings of the Boston Colloquium, but has since grown to be one of the premier philosophy of science series in the world.

Searching for the World’s First Zero

January 10th, 2014 in News

The Center’s Visiting Researcher Amir Aczel rediscovers in Cambodia the long-lost artifact bearing the world’s oldest known zero. Read more about this discovery and the history of the concept of zero in Aczel’s article in the Huffington Post.