Tian Yu Cao
Tian Yu Cao entered the PhD Progra me in HIstory and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge, in 1983; was elected to be a Title A Research Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1985;received his Doctorate in 1987. After postdoctoral researches in Northwestern, Harvard and MIT, he started teaching philosophy of science in Boston University in 1994, and now he is a professor of philosophy there. His research intersts cdnterred around (i) philosophical understanding of some conceptual issues in theoretical physics, which are mainly related with symmetry breaking, renormalization, relationship between S-matrix theory and quantum field theory; (ii) structural realism that stems from the exploration of the dialectics between structural knowledge and hypothetical unobservable entities, and from the attempt of arguing against Thomas Kuhn's way of using history of science for an anti-realistic philosophical position. His publications include such papers as:
Conceptual Developments of 20th Century Field Theories (Cambridge University Press, February 1997; second print and paperback edition with minor revisions, May 1998;).
From Current Algebra to Quantum Chromodynamics - A Case for Structural Realism (Cambridge University Press, October, 2010; paperback edition, October, 2012).
Dates of Visit: October 2015 – June 2016