Harvey R. Brown
BORN England, April 4 1950
MARITAL STATUS Married to Maria Rita Kessler; two children: Frances (b. 1985), Lucas (b. 1987).
WORK ADDRESS Philosophy Centre, 10 Merton St., Oxford OX1
HOME ADDRESS 2 Salisbury Crescent, Oxford OX2 7TL, U.K.
1971-1978 Ph.D., Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Chelsea College (now King's College KQC), University of London.
Courses subject to examination:
Mathematical logic, philosophy of science, history of philosophy, foundations of probability theory
Ph.D. thesis title: Problems of measurement in quantum theory
(1978). Supervisors: J. Dorling, M.L.G. Redhead
1968-1970 B.Sc. (Hons), Physics, first class honours
1963-1967 Secondary schooling, St. Bede's College, Christchurch, New
1984 - University of Oxford: Reader in Philosophy (from July 1996), University Lecturer in Philosophy of Physics (from Oct. 1984)
Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford
1978-1984 Assistant Professor in Department of Philosophy, São
Paulo State University at Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil.
Leverhulme Trust Institute Award (Jan. 1990 - Dec. 1992) for research in foundations of quantum physics (Research collaborator Dr. P. Kaloyerou)
Radcliffe Research Fellowship in Philosophy, academic year 1995/6.
Visiting Erskine Fellowship in Physics and Philosophy, University of Canterbury, NZ, July-August 1996.
Special Lectureship, Oxford University, for the academic year
British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship, for
the academic year 1999-2000.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO CONFERENCES, SEMINARS
(i) Talks at conferences, workshops:
Annual conference of the British Society for the Philosophy of
Science, Southampton, 1988.
(ii) Invited talks given at the following institutions since 1978
Centre of Logic, Epistemology and History of Science, University
of Campinas, Brazil, 1978, 1987, 1992
Secretary for the journal Cadernos de História e Filosofia da Ciência, Brazil. 1980 - 1982.
Member of Editorial Advisory Board of Studies in History and Philosophy
of Modern Physics. 1995-; International Studies in the Philosophy of Science
Organisation of Conferences, Colloquia
Colloquium on Philosophy of Quantum Field Theory, Oxford, May 1986. Co-organiser H.R. Harré.
Colloquium on Philosophy of Vacuum, Oxford, June 1987. Co-organisers H.R. Harré and S. Saunders.
Why General Relativity is a Perfectly Machian Theory; Oxford, December 1993.
Complex Numbers in Quantum Mechanics, Oxford, June 1995. Co-organiser J. Barbour.
Dispositions in Science, retirement colloquium for H.R. Harré, Oxford, July 1995. Co-organiser B. Müller.
Vth UK Conference on Conceptual and Philosophical Problems in Physics, Oxford, September 10-13, 1996; co-organiser M. Suarez.
Colloquium in Memory of Robert Weingard, Oxford, 31 May 1997.
Co-organiser H R Harré.
Refereeing (since 1984)
Acted as referee for: American Journal of Physics, Australasian
Journal of Philosophy, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Foundations
of Physics, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Journal
of Physics A, Philosophy of Science, Physics Letters A, Studies in History
and Philosophy of Modern Physics, Studies in History and Philosophy of
Science, Transactions of the Royal Society.
Acted as occasional external examiner for the University of London and the University of Cambridge (1991-).
Acted as examiner of graduate theses in:
M.Sc. (UNICAMP) Sílvio Chibeni (distinction) 1984
Member of Joint Committee for Physics and Philosophy 1985
to present. Chairman of Joint Committee 1987-1989, 1992-1994, 1996-1999.
Curator of the Philosophy Centre, Oxford; 1997-1999. The Curator
is Chairman of the Management Committee, which is responsible for
the administration staff, refurbishment and day-to-day running of
the Philosophy Centre at 10 Merton Street.
1.Albert Einstein. A simple man of vision (in Portuguese), Brasiliense, São Paulo, 1984. 107 pp.
2. H.R. Brown and H.R. Harré (eds.): Philosophical Foundations of Quantum Field Theory, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1988. Reprinted in paperback, 1990.
3. S. Saunders and H.R. Brown (eds.): The Philosophy of Vacuum,
Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1991.
(ii) Papers, Reviews
1. Review of F.J. Belinfante, 'Measurement and Time Reversal in Objective Quantum Theory' (1975), in British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 30, 187-191 (1979).
2. H.R.B. and M.L.G. Redhead: 'A critique of the disturbance theory of indeterminacy in quantum mechanics', Foundations of Physics 11, 1-20 (1981).
3. 'O debate Einstein-Bohr na mecânica quântica' (The Einstein-Bohr debate in quantum mechanics) Cadernos de História e Filosofia da Ciência (Brazil) 2, 59-81 (1981).
4. 'The strange nature of quantum reality' (in Portuguese), Ciência Hoje (Brazil) 2, 24-31 (1983).
5. H.R.B. and R. Martins: 'de Broglie's relativistic phase waves and wave groups', American Journal of Physics 52, 1130-1140 (1984).
6, J. Bub and H.R.B., 'Curious properties of quantum ensembles which have been both preselected and post-selected', Physical Review Letters 56, 2337-2340 (1986).
7. 'The insolubility proof of the quantum measurement problem', Foundations of Physics 16, 857-870 (1986).
8. Review of J. Hendry, 'The creation of quantum mechanics and the Bohr-Pauli debate' (1984), in British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 37, 497-506 (1986).
9. 'The problem of measurement in quantum mechanics: an evaluation of existing insolubility proofs' (in Portuguese), Cadernos de História e Filosofia da Ciência (Brazil) 9, 5-33 (1986).
10. Review of A. Fine, 'The shaky game. Einstein, realism and the quantum theory', in American Journal of Physics 56, 571-573 (1988).
11. G. Svetlichny, M. Redhead, H.R.B. and J. Butterfield: 'Do the Bell inequalities require the existence of joint probability distributions?', Philosophy of Science 55, 387-401 (1988).
12. S. Foster and H.R.B.: 'On a recent attempt to define the interpretation basis in the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics', International Journal of Theoretical Physics 27, 1507-1531 (1988).
13, 'Discussion: Does the principle of relativity imply Winnie's (1970) equal passage times principle?', Philosophy of Science 57, 313-324 (1990).
14. H.R.B. and G. Svetlichny: 'Nonlocality and Gleason's Lemma. Part I Deterministic Theories', Foundations of Physics 20, 1379-1387 (1990).
15. 'Nonlocality in quantum mechanics', The Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volume LXV, 141-159 (1991).
16. S. Saunders and H.R.B.: 'Reflections on Ether', in S. Saunders and H. Brown (eds.) The Philosophy of Vacuum, Clarendon Press 1991, Oxford, pp. 27-63.
17. P. Kaloyerou and H.R.B.: 'On neutron interferometer partial absorption experiments', Physica B 176, 78-92 (1992).
18. H.R.B., J. Summhammer, R. Callaghan and P. Kaloyerou: 'Neutron interferometry with antiphase modulation', Physics Letters A, 163, 21-25 (1992).
19. R. Sypel and H.R.B.: 'When is a Physical Theory Relativistic?' PSA 1992, Volume 1 (Proceedings of the 1992 Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association), D. Hull, M. Forbes and K. Okruhlik (eds.), Philosophy of Science Association, East Lansing, Michigan 1992; pp. 507-514.
20. 'Bell's other theorem and its connection with nonlocality. Part I' in Bell's Theorem and the Foundations of Modern Physics, A. van der Merwe, F. Selleri and G. Tarozzi (eds.), World Scientific Publishing Company, Singapore, 1992; pp. 104-116.
21. 'Correspondence, Invariance and Heuristics in the Emergence of Special Relativity', in S. French and H. Kamminga (eds.), Correspondence, Invariance and Heuristics; Essays in Honour of Heinz Post, Kluwer Academic Press, Dordrecht, 1993; pp. 227-260.
22. A. Elby, H.R.B. and S. Foster, 'What makes a theory physically "complete"?', Foundations of Physics 23, 971-985 (1993).
23. H.R.B. and A Maia Jr.: 'Light-speed constancy versus light-speed invariance in the derivation of relativistic kinematics', British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 43, 381-407 (1993).
24. E. Squires, L. Hardy and H.R.B., 'Non-locality from an analogue of the quantum Zeno effect', Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science 25, 97-121 (1994).
25. Review of E.J. Squires, 'Conscious Mind in the Physical World', Adam Hilger UK, 1990, Foundations of Physics 24, 807-810 (1994).
26. H.R.B., C. Dewdney and G. Horton, 'Bohm particles and their detection in the light of neutron interferometry', Foundations of Physics 25, 329-347 (1995).
27. J. Anandan and H.R.B., 'On the reality of space-time geometry and the wavefunction', Foundations of Physics 25, 349-360 (1995).
28. H.R.B. and R. Sypel, 'On the meaning of the relativity principle and other symmetries', International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 9, 233-251 (1995).
29. 'Bovine Metaphysics: Remarks on the significance of the gravitational phase effect in quantum mechanics', in R. Clifton (ed.), Perspectives on Quantum Reality: Non-relativistic, Relativistic and Field-Theoretic. Kluwer Academic Press, Dordrecht, 1996; pp. 183-193.
30. 'Mindful of quantum possibilities', British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 47, 189-200 (1996).
31. H.R.B., A. Elby and R. Weingard 'Cause and effect in the pilot-wave interpetation of quantum mechanics', in J.T. Cushing, A. Fine and S. Goldstein (eds.), Bohmian Mechanics and Quantum Theory: An Appraisal, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Netherlands, 1996; pp. 309-319.
32. 1993 paper 'Correspondence, Invariance and Heuristics in the Emergence of Special Relativity' (see above) republished in J. Butterfield, M. Hogarth and G. Belot (eds.) Spacetime, International Research Library of Philosophy, Dartmouth Publishing Company, Sept. 1996.
33. J. Andandan and H.R.B. 'Quantum theory of measurement', in Encyclopaedia of Physics, Macmillan 1996.
34. 'On the role of special relativity in general relativity', International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 11, 67-81 (1997).
35. E. Sjöqvist, H.R.B. and H. Carlsen, 'Galilean non-invariance of geometric phase', Physics Letters A, 229, 273-278 (1997); quant-ph/9610006..
36. 'Obituary: Robert Weingard 1942-1996', Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 28, 145-146 (1997).
37. H.R.B., M. Suárez and G. Bacciagaluppi, 'Are "sharp values" for observables always objective elements of reality?', in D. Dieks and P. Vermaas (eds.) The Modal Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1998; pp. 289-306.
38. H.R.B., E. Sjöqvist and G. Bacciagaluppi, 'Remarks on identical particles in de Broglie-Bohm theory', Physics Letters A 251, 229-235 (1999); quant-ph/9811054.
39. H.R.B. and P.R. Holland, 'The Galilean covariance of quantum mechanics in the case of external fields', American Journal of Physics 67, 204-215 (1999).
40. 'Aspects of objectivity in quantum mechanics', in From Physics to Philosophy, J. Butterfield and C. Pagonis (eds.), Cambridge University Press, 1999; 45-70.
41. HRB and O. Pooley, ëThe problem of induction from the perspective
of physicsí, Manuscrito (Brazil) 22, 29-35 (1999).
(iii) Accepted for publication
42. H.R.B. and O. Pooley, 'The origin of the spacetime metric: Bell's 'Lorentzian pedagogy' and its significance in general relativity', to appear in Physics Meets Philosophy at the Planck Length, C. Callender and N. Huggett (eds.), Cambridge University Press, 2001; gr-qc/9908048.
43. Essay Review of "Timeís Arrow and Archimedesí Point", by H. Price
(1996); to appear 2000 in Contemporary Physics.
(iv) Work Submitted
ëNoetherís theorems and gauge symmetriesí, with K. Brading; hep-th/0009058;
submitted to the American Journal of Physics, August 2000.
(v) Work in Progress
'On the non-relativistic limit of relativistic quantum mechanics', with
'The origins of length contraction: the FitzGerald-Lorentz deformation
ëWeyl and the curious origins of the gauge principleí, with K. Brading
and O. Pooley