## 2006-2007

16 June 2007, 3:00pm, LPS seminar room

**Topic: Chris Smeenk, Time’s Arrow in Electromagnetism**

Readings: Earman, “Sharpening the Electromagnetic Arrow(s) of Time”.

19 May 2007, 3:00pm, LPS seminar room

**Topic: Malament and Callender, Foundations of Statistical Mechanics**

Readings:

1. Ergodic Theory and the Success of Statistical Mechanics: Malament and

Zabell, “Why Gibbs Phase Averages Work — The Role of Ergodic

Theory,”;

Earman and Redei, “Why Ergodic Theory Does Not Explain the Success of Equilibrium Statistical

Mechanics,”

Vranas, “Epsilon-Ergodicity and the Success of Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics”

2. Typicality and Equilibrium in neo-Boltzmannian Accounts: Frigg, “Typicality and the Approach

to Equilibrium in Boltzmannian Statistical Mechanics”

7 April 2007, 3:00pm, LPS seminar room

**Topic: Bob Geroch, Computation and Physics**

Readings: Section 15 of *Computation, Quantum and Otherwise *on the Grover Construction (lecture notes by Geroch), also section 16 (time permitting)

10 March 2007, 3:00pm, LPS seminar room

**Topic: Tilman Sauer and Ioan Muntean, Unified Field Theory**

Readings: To be circulated.

28 January 2007 (Sunday), 3:00pm, LPS seminar room

**Topic: Chris Wüthrich, Loop Quantum Cosmology **

Readings: Chris Wüthrich, PhD Thesis, Chapters 7-8; Martin Bojowald, “Loop Quantum Cosmology,” Living Reviews in

Relativity; Ashtekar, Bojowald, and Lewandowski, “Mathematical Structure of Loop Quantum

Cosmology” Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics 2003.

2 December 2006, 3:00pm, LPS seminar room

**Topic: John Manchak, Gödel Spacetime**

Readings: David Malament, “Time Travel in the Gödel Universe,” PSA 1984; “Minimal Acceleration Requirements for Time Travel in Gödel Spacetime,” JMP 1985; “A Note about CTCs in Gödel Spacetime,” JMP 1987.

21 October 2006, 3:00pm, LPS seminar room

**Topic: Batterman’s Devil in the Details**

Readings:

Batterman, * The Devil in the Details* (Chapter 4, Chapter 6); Gordon Belot, “Whose Devil? Which Details?”; Batterman, “Response to Belot”

30 September 2006, 3:00pm, LPS seminar room

**Topic:**

1. Matt Brown, Rovelli’s Relational Interpretation of QM

2. Katherine Peters,

Harvey Brown’s *Physical Relativity*

Readings:

1. Rovelli, “Relational Quantum Mechanics,” ; Matt Brown, “Relational Quantum Mechanics and the Determinacy

Problem,” Laudisa and Rovelli, “Relational Quantum Mechanics.”

2. Selections from *Physical Relativity* (pp. 1-10, 119-134, 139-143)