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Upcoming: 33rd Boulder Conference on the History and Philosophy of Science

University of Colorado at Boulder
October 13th-15th, 2017

Invited Speakers:
David Albert
Alyssa Ney
Michael Tooley

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32nd Boulder Conference on the History and Philosophy of Science

Gravity: Its History and Philosophy

University of Colorado at Boulder
October 28th-30th, 2016

Invited Speakers:
Peter Saulson, Syracuse University, LIGO
Michel Janssen, University of Minnesota
Peter Bender, JILA, University of Colorado

The conference topic is gravity from antiquity to the present.

Friday, October 28th - Duane G1B20

7:30 – 9:00pm Keynote Speaker
Peter Saulson, Syracuse University and LIGO
Getting to Know Gravitational Waves

Saturday, October 29th - Duane G130

9:00 – 10:15am Keynote Speaker
Peter Bender, University of Colorado and JILA
New Space Methods for Testing Relativity and for Measuring Changes in the Earth's Geopotential

10:15 – 11:00am
Craig W. Fox
The Newtonian Equivalence Principle: How the relativity of acceleration led Newton to the equivalence of inertial and gravitational mass

11:00 – 11:15am - Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:00pm
Vicente Raja, University of Cincinnati
On the Philosophical Maneuvers in Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation

12:00 – 12:45pm
Adwait Parker, Stanford University
The Argument for Universal Gravitation: a methodological interpretation of Book III

12:45 – 2:15pm - Lunch Break

2:15 – 3:30pm Keynote Speaker Michel Janssen, Program in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Minnesota
Einstein from field equations to gravitational waves (1912–1918)*
*Based on joint work with Jürgen Renn.

3:30 – 4:15pm
Robert DiSalle, University of Western Ontario
True motion, relative motion, and universal gravity: Newton’s theory of relativity

4:15 – 4:30 - Coffee Break

4:30 – 5:15pm
Monica Solomon, University of Notre Dame
Newton’s Treatment of Pendulum Motion and the Mathematization of Gravity

Sunday, October 30th - Duane G130

9:00 – 9:45
Siska De Baerdemaeker,University of Pittsburgh
Georges Lemaître and observations in relativistic cosmological model building

9:45 – 10:30
H.G. Callaway, Temple University
Have the Einstein Field Equations Changed their Meaning? General Relativity as an Effective Field Theory

10:30 – 11:15
Samuel Fletcher, University of Minnesota
On the Reduction of General Relativity to Newtonian Gravitation: Extended Abstract

11:15 – 11:30 - Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:15
Dennis Lehmkuhl, Caltech
The Problem of Motion in General Relativity

12:15 – 13:00
Ari Belenkiy
Who Discovered the Expanding Universe?

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