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Meeting time: Fridays 1:30–3:00 pm
Meeting place: 592 Shepherd Labs.

The physics interest group (PIG) reads and discusses works of mutual interest in the history and philosophy of physics. We select readings for a variety of reasons: to keep up on the most exciting developments in the field, to help participants scrutinize literature relevant to their research projects (faculty or graduate student research), to provide feedback on works in progress being written by participants (graduate students, faculty, and Center visitors), to revisit classic articles in the literature, and sometimes just to have fun discussing a topic related to physics. For more information please contact Jos Uffink, or Samuel Fletcher. If you wold like to be added to the PIG email list please send a request to

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Fall 2018

September 14: Fröwis, F. et al. (2018). Macroscopic quantum states: Measures, fragility, and implementations. Reviews of Modern Physics 90(2):025004. (pdf)
Read only sections I - II.D, taking into account the "reading guide" suggested in section I.E.

September 28: Leyla Joaquim, Olival Freire Jr., Charbel N. El-Hani. (2015). Quantum Explorers: Bohr, Jordan, and Delbrück Venturing into Biology. Physics in Perspective 17(3): 236–250. (pdf)

October 19: Brookes, Jennifer C. (2017). Quantum effects in biology: golden rule in enzymes, olfaction, photosynthesis and magnetodetection. Proc. R. Soc. A 473:20160822. (pdf) Background reading: Ball, P . (2018). Is photosynthesis quantum-ish? Physics World April 2018 (pdf)

October 26: Ruetsche, Laura. (2015). The Shaky Game +25, or: On Locavoracity. Synthese 192(11): 3425–3442. (pdf)

November 16: Schrödinger, Erwin. (1944). What Is Life? Cambridge University Press. Read Preface through Ch. 3.

December 7: Schrödinger, Erwin. (1944). What Is Life? Cambridge University Press. Read Ch. 4 through Epilogue

The text of the Schrödinger book is available online in two formats:

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