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Susan G. Sterrett, Philosophy

Susan G. Sterrett
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Ph.D. PhilosophyUniversity of Pittsburgh
M. A. MathematicsUniversity of Pittsburgh
M. A. PhilosophyUniversity of Pittsburgh
B. S. EngineeringCornell University

Philosophy of Science
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. S.G. Sterrett. ""Similarity and Dimensional Analysis" (to appear)." Handbook of the Philosophy of Science 9 (Accepted, 2009).  [author's comments]
  2. S.G. Sterrett. ""Abstracting Matter"."   (Accepted, March 3 - 8th, 2009).  [author's comments]
  3. S.G. Sterrett. "Models of Machines and Models of Phenomena." International Studies in Philosophy of Science 20.1 (March, 2006): 69-80. [contribution.asp]  [abs] [author's comments]
  4. Susan G. Sterrett. Wittgenstein Flies A Kite: A Story of Models of Wings and Models of the World. Pi Press (Penguin Group imprint), Fall, 2005. (Appeared December 2005) [net]  [abs]
  5. S.G. Sterrett. "Pictures of Sound: Wittgenstein on Gramophone Records and the Logic of Depiction." Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science Part A 36.2 (June, 2005): 351-362. [pdf]  [abs]
Selected Invited Lectures

  1. "Could There Be A General Theory of Similarity?", April, 2009, 36th Annual Philosophy of Science Conference, Inter-University Center, Dubrovnik, Croatia    
  2. "What Makes Good Models Good?", May 26-28, 2006, University of San Diego, San Diego, California [htm]    
  3. "Models of Machines and Models of Phenomena", November 18, 2004, Workshop on Applying Science at PSA 2004, Philosophy of Science Biennial Meeting, Austin, TX [00002088]    
Selected Talks

  1. Analogous Principles: Some Historical Case Studies, August 27, 2005, The Free University, Amsterdam, Netherlands    
  2. The proper uses of proportion: understanding Galileo's advance over the Pythagoreans, September 2-5, 2003, 12th UK Conference on Foundations of Physics, University of Leeds, UK    
  3. The science of the similar: how to get things out of proportion, August 7-14, 2003, 12th Conference on Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, Oviedo, Spain    
  4. "Kinds of Models", March 20, 2003, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University [available here]    
  5. Intelligent behavior, habitual response or programmed movement? Turing, James and Descartes on intelligence in animals and machines, April 24, 2002, NC State Philosophy Club, Raleigh, NC    
  6. "Too Many Instincts: Contrasting Philosophical Views on Intelligence in Humans and Non-Humans", February 9, 2002, North Carolina Philosophical Society/South Carolina Philsophy Society , College of Charleston, Charleston, SC    
  7. Physical models and fundamental laws: using one piece of the world to tell about another, 2001, MBR '01 (Conference on Model Based Reasoning 2001), Pavia, Italy [00000720]    
  8. Darwn's analogy between artificial and natural selection: how does it go?, March, 2001, Lunchtime Talk Series, Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh    
  9. Physical pictures: engineering models circa 1914 and Wittgenstein's "Tractatus", 2000, HOPOS 2000 (History of Philosophy of Science), Vienna Austria [00000661]    
  10. Sounds like light: Einstein's special theory of relativity and Mach's work on acoustics and aerodynamics, 1997, Lunchtime Talk Series, Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh [htm]