George E. Smith

George Smith has had a storied life: a basketball coach; a computer programmer responsible for the development of programs for designing jet engines in the early days of computers; a jet engine and turbomachinery engineering failure analyst for over 40 years; a professor of philosophy at Tufts University for 41 years; an Acting Director of the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology, 2001-2006; and a preeminent scholar on Isaac Newton and scientific and legal evidence. One of George's greatest contributions to the field of philosophy has been his two-part class, "Science before Newton's Principia" and "Newton's Principia." This class and George's influence are the commonality among all of the speakers for this conference.

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Event Details, Lodging, and Transport

The conference will take place on Friday, May 11th and Saturday, May 12th, 2018. It will be held at Tufts University's Medford Campus at Breed Memorial Hall, located at 51 Winthrop Street, Medford, MA 02155.

There are many nearby hotels that conference visitors may use. A list of hotels with Tufts discount pricing is available here. Alternatively, you can use the Airbnb service to find local accommodations.

If you are driving to Tufts for the conference, the most convenient parking on Friday, May 11th is in the Dowling Hall Garage, located at 419 Boston Avenue, Medford. The parking rate is $8.00 per day and can be purchased only with credit or debit cards. On Saturday, May 12th parking is free on campus roads and in uncovered campus lots.

If you'd like to explore Boston, we recommend using public transportation. The Red Line of the MBTA (colloquially called "The T") has a stop at Davis Square, a 15 minute walk from campus, and can take you to Park Street Station, the city center, in 15-20 minutes.


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Jody Azzouni

Jody publishes philosophy in metaphysics, mathematics, language, and ontology, among other topics.

Katherine Brading

Katherine’s work in philosophy of physics includes philosophical themes from Newton’s Principia in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Robert DiSalle

Robert works on the foundations of modern physics, the history of the philosophy of physics, and the connections between.

Allan Franklin

Allan's research is on the history and philosophy of science, with particular emphasis on the roles of experiment.

Michael Friedman

Michael researches the interaction between philosophy and the exact sciences from Kant through the logical empiricists.

Bill Harper

Bill's recent research is on Newton's scientific method, in particular Newton’s argument for universal gravity.

Teru Miyake

Teru researches underdetermination and the epistemology of partially inaccessible systems, particularly the earth's interior.

Eric Schliesser

Eric (A'93) is a former student and co-author of George's; he researches many topics, including the history of 17th and 18th century philosophy and sciences.

Chris Smeenk

Chris's research focuses on history and philosophy of physics, and 17th century natural philosophy

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Katherine Dunlop

Katherine has published work on early modern views of mathematical knowledge, including those of Newton.

Speaker Chairs

Marcello Di Bello

Marcello researches social epistemology, philosophy of evidence law, evidence and probability, and epistemic closure.

Monica Solomon

Monica's interests are in the writings of Isaac Newton and more broadly the use of models and thought experiments in philosophy of science.

Craig Fox

Craig focuses on the process by which Sir Isaac Newton and his contemporaries came to discover and then formulate the conceptual foundations of mechanics.

Raghav Seth

Raghav is a medical student at Tufts Medical Center and is co-writing a book on evidence and scientific realism with George Smith.

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