Jonathan Bain
Dept. of Technology, Culture and Society
Tandon School of Engineering, New York University


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Education
1998
Ph.D., History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh
Thesis:  'Representations of Spacetime:  Formalism and Ontological Commitment'
1996
M.S., Physics, University of Pittsburgh
1989
B.S. (cum laude) Applied Mathematics/Physics, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA.
Minor:  Philosophy

Employment
2017-present
Professor, Dept. Technology, Culture & Society, NYU-Tandon.
2013-present
Affiliated Faculty, History of Science & Science Studies, NYU.
2010-present
Affiliated Faculty, Dept. of Philosophy, NYU.
2005-2017
Associate Professor, Dept. Technology, Culture & Society, NYU-Tandon.
1999-2005
Assistant Professor, Dept. Humanities & Social Sciences, Polytechnic University.
1998-1999
Visiting Assistant Professor, Dept. of  Philosophy, UC-Riverside.

Publications
Book
CPT Invariance and the Spin-Statistics Connection
, Oxford Univ. Press (2016).

Articles
21.
'Topological Order and Emergence', Philosophica 92 (2017), 77-112.
20.
'Emergence and Mechanism in the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect', Stud. Hist. Phil. Mod. Phys. 56, (2016), 27-38.
19.
'Pragmatists and Purists on CPT Invariance in Relativistic Quantum Field Theories', in U. Maki, et. al. (eds.) Recent Developments in the Philosophy of Science:  EPSA13 Helsinki, Springer (2015), 227-242.
18.
'Three Principles of Quantum Gravity in the Condensed Matter Approach', Stud. Hist. Phil. Mod. Phys. 46 (2014), 154-163.
17.
'Emergence in Effective Field Theories', Euro. J. Phil. Sci. 3 (2013), 257-273.
16.
'CPT Invariance, the Spin-Statistics Connection, and the Ontology of RQFTs', Erkenntnis 78 (2013), 797-821.
15.
'The Emergence of Spacetime in Condensed Matter Approaches to Quantum Gravity', Stud. Hist. Phil. Mod. Phys. 44 (2013), 338-345.
14.
'Category-Theoretic Structure and Radical Ontic Structural Realism', Synthese 190 (2013), 1621-1635.
13.
'Effective Field Theories', in Batterman, B. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Physics, Oxford Univ. Press (2013), 224-254.
12.
'Quantum Field Theories in Classical Spacetimes and Particles', Stud. Hist. Phil. Mod. Phys. 42 (2011), 98-106.
11.
'Relativity and Quantum Field Theory', in Petkov, V. (ed.) Space, Time and Spacetime, Springer (2010), 129-146.
10.
'Condensed Matter Physics and the Nature of Spacetime', in Dieks, D. (ed.) The Ontology of Spacetime, Vol. 2, Elsevier (2008), 301-329.
9.
'Spacetime Structuralism', in Dieks, D. (ed.) The Ontology of Spacetime, Vol. 1, Elsevier (2006), 37-66.
8.
Essay Review:  Hattich, F., Quantum Processes:  A Whiteheadian Interpretation of Quantum Field Theory, in Stud. Hist. Phil. Mod. Phys. 36 (2005), 680-690.
7.
'Theories of Newtonian Gravity and Empirical Indistinguishability', Stud. Hist. Phil. Mod. Phys. 35 (2004), 345-376.
6.
'Einstein Algebras and the Hole Argument', Phil. Sci. 70 (2003), 1073-1085.
5.
'What Should Philosophers of Science Learn from the History of the Electron?', (with J. D. Norton) in Buchwald, J. & A. Warwich (eds.) Histories of the Electron:  The Birth of Microphysics, MIT Press (2001), 451-465.
4.
'Against Particle/Field Duality:  Asymptotic Particle States and Interpolating Fields in Interacting QFT (or:  Who's Afraid of Haag's Theorem?)', Erkenntnis 53 (2000), 375-406.
3.
'The Coordinate-Independent 2-Component Spinor Formalism and the Conventionality of Simultaneity', Stud. Hist. Phil. Mod. Phys. 31 (2000), 201-226.
2.
'Weinberg on QFT:  Demonstrative Induction and Underdeterminism', Synthese 117 (1999), 1-30.
1.
'Whitehead's Theory of Gravity', Stud. Hist. Phil. Mod. Phys. 29 (1998), 547-574.

Book Reviews
5.
Rickles, D. (ed.) The Ashgate Companion to the Philosophy of Physics, in Metascience 18 (2009), 485-489.
4.
Healey, R. Gauging What's Real:  The Conceptual Foundations of Contemporary Gauge Theories, Phi. Sci. 75 (2008), 479-485.
3.
Arabatzis, T. Representing Electrons, in Int. Stud. Phi. Sci. 20 (2006), 347-357.
2.
Pesic, P. Seeing Double:  Shared Identities in Physics, Philosophy, and Literature, in ISIS 93 (2002), 670-671.
1.
Jammer, M. Concepts of Mass in Contemporary Physics and Philosophy, in Physics Today 53 (2000), 67-68.

Presentation slides and videos
'Why Be Natural?'   (slides)
PSA18, Seattle, WA, Nov. 2018.
Naturalness, Hierarchy, and Fine-Tuning, RTWH Aachen Univ., Aachen, Germany, Feb-March 2018.

'Non-Locality in Instrinsic Topologically Ordered Systems'   (slides)
APA-Pacific Division, San Diego, CA, March-April 2018.
EPSA17, Univ. Exeter, Exeter, UK, Sept. 2017 (accepted but could not attend).

'Category-Theoretic Radical Ontic Structural Realism'   (slides)
Structural Realism and Metaphysics of Science, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, NJ, May 2017.

'Emergence and Mechanism in the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect'   (slides)
Foundations of Physics 2018, LSE, London, UK, July 2016.
BSPS16, Univ. Cardiff, Cardiff, UK, July 2016.

'What Explains the Spin-Statistics Connection?'   (slides)
Metro-Area Phil. of Sci., NYU, New York, NY, Dec. 2016.
SEP, Univ. Miami, Coral Gables, FL, May 2016.
APA-Pacific Division, San Francisco, CA, March-April 2016.
EPSA15, Heinrich Heine Univ., Dusseldorf, Germany, Sept. 2015.
BSPS15, Cambridge Univ., Cambridge, UK, July 2015.

'Pragmatists and Purists on CPT Invariance in RQFT'   (slides)
PSA14, Chicago, IL, Nov. 2014.
SEP, Cal-Tech, Pasadena, CA, June 2014.
EPSA13, Univ. Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, August 2014.
Foundations of Physics 2013, LMU, Munich, Germany, July 2013.
BSPS13, Univ. Exeter, Exeter, UK, July 2013.

'Three Principles of Quantum Gravity in the Condensed Matter Approach'   (slides)   (video)
Beyond Spacetime, Univ. Illinois, Chicago, IL, Sept. 2013.
BSPS12, Univ. Stirling, Stirling, UK, July 2012.

'The Emergence of Spacetime in Condensed Matter Approaches to Quantum Gravity'   (slides)
Reflections on Space, Time, and their Quantum Nature, Max Planck Institute for Grav. Physics, Potsdam, Germany, Nov. 2012.

'Emergence in Effective Field Theories'   (slides)   (video)
PSA12, San Diego, CA, Nov. 2012.
SEP, Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH, Oct. 2012.
Emergence and Effective Field Theories, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Canada, Oct. 2011.

'CPT Invariance, the Spin-Statistics Connection, and the Ontology of RQFTs'   (slides)
EPSA11, Athens, Greece, Oct. 2011.
27th Boulder Conference on HPS, Univ. Colorado, Boulder, CO, Sept. 2011.
BSPS11, Univ. Sussex, Brighton, UK, July 2011 (accepted but could not attend).

'Category-Theoretic Structure and Radical Ontic Structural Realism'   (slides)
Structure and Identity, Univ. Bristol, Bristol, UK, July 2010.

'Interpreting Effective Field Theories'   (slides)
BSPS10, Univ. Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, July 2010.
Foundations of Physicw 2010, Univ. Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK, July 2010.

'Motivating Structural Realist Interpretations of Spacetime'   (slides)
Metaphysics of Science, Univ. Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, July 2009.
Logic and the Foundations of Physics (Trends6), Brussels, Belgium, Dec. 2008.

'Intertheoretic Implications of Non-Relativistic QFTs'   (slides)   (video)
Workshop on the Philosophy of QFT, Univ. Western Ontario, London, Canada, April 2009.

'QFTs in Classical Spacetimes and Particles'   (slides)
PSA08, Pittsburgh, PA, Nov. 2008
BSPS08, Univ. St. Andrews, St. Andrews, UK, July 2008.
3rd Int. Conf. on Ontology of Spacetime, Concordia Univ., Montreal, Canada, June 2008.

'Condensed Matter Physics, Emergent Spacetime, and Structural Realism'   (slides)   (video)
Foundations of Physics 2007, Univ. Leeds, Leeds, UK, March 2007.

'Condensed Matter Physics and the Nature of Spacetime'   (slides)
2nd Int. Conf. on the Ontology of Spacetime, Concordia Univ., Montreal, Canada, June 2006.

'Emergent Spacetime and Structural Realism'   (slides)
SEP, UCSD, La Jolla, CA, May 2006.


'Spacetime Structuralism'   (slides)
1st Int. Conf. on Ontology of Spacetime, Concordia Univ., Montreal, Canada, May 2004.