PHYSICS MEETS BIOLOGY: PERSPECTIVES FROM PHILOSOPHY, HISTORY, AND SCIENCE A conference at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 18-20 November 2008 Internal developments within physics and biology are increasingly driving the two subjects towards each other. The volume of published work and funds available for such interdisciplinary research is rising dramatically. Collaboration between physicists and biologists generates a host of interesting philosophical problems, since scientists from these disciplines often disagree about issues such as the role of hypotheses in guiding research, what counts as an explanation, and so on. Such differences have practical consequences for interdisciplinary research, from the funding of grants, through the actual conduct of research, to the publication of results. This conference aims at bringing together physicists, biologists, historians, philosophers, and science policy makers to further our collective understanding of conceptual and methodological issues at the interface of physics and biology. Confirmed speakers include: Prof. Evelyn Fox Keller (Science and Technology Studies, MIT) Prof. Kevin Dunbar (Psychology/Brain Science & Education, Dartmouth) Prof. Steven French (History and Philosophy of Science, Leeds) Prof. Michel Morange (Biology & History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, École Normale Supérieure) Dr. Gregory Radick (History and Philosophy of Science, Leeds) Prof. Otávio Bueno (Philosophy, University of Miami) Dr. Darrell Rowbottom (Philosophy, University of Bristol)


Funded by the John Templeton Foundation, as part of the “Why Why?” project between the Universities of Edinburgh (Physics), Bristol (Philosophy), and Leeds (Physics and HPS)

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