Samuel Fletcher

Assistant Professor
Department of Philosophy
754 Heller Hall
+1 612 625 4325

Philosophy and history of science and applied mathematics, foundations of physics and of statistics, conceptual and physical basis of computation

Much of my work so far has concerned the foundations of physics and of statistics, and how problems in these fields inform and are informed by broader issues in the philosophy of science. I also have interests in the conceptual and physical basis of computation, the philosophy of applied mathematics, and the history of physics and philosophy of science. My educational background is correspondingly mixed: I received my AB in Physics from Princeton University in 2008, my MS in Statistics and MA in Philosophy from the University of California, Irvine, in 2012, and my PhD in Philosophy from the same in 2014. I then held (and continue to hold) a Marie Curie Fellowship at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, in Germany, until joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2015.

Selected Publications
"Similarity, Topology, and Physical Significance in Relativity Theory." British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (2016, forthcoming).

"Light Clocks and the Clock Hypothesis." Foundations of Physics 43.11 (2013): 1369–1383.

"What Counts as a Newtonian System? The View from Norton’s Dome." European Journal for Philosophy of Science 2.3 (2012): 275–297.