Professor Eric Winsberg

IAS Fellow & Pemberton Fellow at University College, Durham University (January – March 2008)

Professor Eric Winsberg, a philosopher of science and philosopher of physics, has degrees in philosophy and history and philosophy of science, with a PhD from Indiana University. He teaches philosophy at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He has held fellowships at the program for History and Philosophy of Science at Northwestern University, and the Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung (Center for Interdisciplinary Research) at the University of Bielefeld, Germany.

Winsberg has published widely on the philosophy of physics and the philosophy of scientific modeling. His articles on the methodology of simulation, published in such places as Philosophy of ScienceSynthese, and Science in Context, are among the most widely cited works on the philosophy of simulation in science. He has also published on the foundations of Quantum Mechanics and the foundations of Statistical Mechanics in the Journal of Philosophy and Philosophy of Science. His article “Can conditioning on the past hypothesis militate against the reversibility objections?” won the 2005 award for the best article published in Philosophy of Science by a recent PhD.

Professor Winsberg is currently working on a monograph of philosophical reflections on science in the age of computer simulation. During his time at the IAS he will be completing this project, as well as beginning research on the nature of uncertainty in complex models, particularly models of the climate.