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Wednesday 22nd February: DIAS General Interest Seminar – ‘Recent Trends in the Philosophy of Science’

Title: Recent Trends in the Philosophy of Science

Speaker: Dr Finnur Dellsén (University College Dublin)

Abstract: Many working scientists are familiar with Karl Popper’s vision of science as the concerted effort to falsify extent theories and replace them with new theories that make bold predictions about unobserved events. Popper’s ideas have been less influential among philosophers of science, due to a number of arguably devastating problems with his underlying approach. This talk will survey some of the more influential criticisms of Popper, and go on to discuss two other influential ways of thinking about science, viz. Thomas Kuhn’s idea of ‘paradigms’ as the basic unit of real scientific change, and the ‘Bayesian’ idea of scientific confirmation as grounded in subjective probability-assignments.

Time: Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 4.00pm.

Place: Lecture Room, School of Theoretical Physics, DIAS, 10 Burlington Road, Dublin 4.

School of Celtic Studies : Dindṡenchas Érenn conference Friday 31st March & Saturday 1st April

The Dindṡenchas Érenn conference will now take place on Friday 31st March and Saturday 1st April, a week later than previously advertised.

Programme and Registration details are available here.

 

Bergin Fellowship vacancy – School of Celtic Studies

BERGIN FELLOWSHIP

The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies wishes to appoint in 2017 a promising early-stage researcher to a five-year Bergin Fellowship in the School of Celtic Studies. The post will be available from 1 June.

Candidates should hold the degree of PhD and should have a record of outstanding research experience in an area of Celtic Studies relevant to the work of the School. Intending candidates who wish to discuss the vacancy may contact the Director of the School of Celtic Studies.

Applicants must submit a short letter of application, together with an academic CV, a research proposal (no more than 4 pages), and the contact details of three academic referees (who have agreed to act) to the Registrar’s Office, DIAS, 10 Burlington Road, Dublin 4, Ireland, to arrive before 17 February 2017. Electronic applications should be sent to  registrarsoffice@admin.dias.ie.

Further Information

Conditions attaching to the post

COMHALTACHT UÍ AIMHIRGÍN

Is mian le hInstitiúid Ard-Léinn Bhaile Átha Cliath taighdeoir ardchumasach atá i dtús a réime agus a bhfuil geallúint faoi/fúithi a cheapadh i 2017 faoi scéim Comhaltachtaí Uí Aimhirgín i Scoil an Léinn Cheiltigh. Beidh an post ar fáil 1 Meitheamh.

Is cóir d’iarrthóirí an chéim PhD a bheith bainte amach acu, agus taithí d’ardcháilíocht a bheith acu i mbun taighde ar ghné den Léann Ceilteach a bhaineann le raon saothair na Scoile. Is féidir le hiarrthóirí ar mian leo an folúntas a phlé teagmháil a dhéanamh le Stiúrthóir na Scoile.

Chun cur isteach is cóir litir iarratais a sheoladh maraon le CV acadúil, moladh i gcomhair tionscnaimh thaighde (gan dul thar 4 lch), agus ainmneacha agus seoltaí ag baint le triúr moltóirí (atá sásta feidhmiú), go dtí An Cláraitheoir, Institiúid Ard-Léinn Bhaile Átha Cliath, 10 Bóthar Burlington, Baile Átha Cliath 4, le bheith istigh faoi 17 Feabhra 2017. Seoltar iarratais leictreonacha chun registrarsoffice@admin.dias.ie.

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Vacancy: O’Donovan Scholarship

The School of Celtic Studies is able to offer one scholarship from August 2017.

Applying

A CV, including an outline of the research which the applicant proposes to undertake (maximum of 1000 words), should be sent to:

Ms Eibhlín Ní Dhonncha,
School Administrator,
School of Celtic Studies,
Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies,
10 Burlington Road,
Dublin 4,
IRELAND.
email: eibhlin@celt.dias.ie

To be returned not later than 17 February 2017.

The applicant should also ensure that references from at least two referees are sent to the School Administrator by the above date.
The date at which the applicant wishes the scholarship to commence and proposed length of tenure should be indicated. The normal tenure is three years.

Candidates should have completed, or be close to completing, their PhD. The stipend is €25,000 for candidates with a PhD.

School of Celtic Studies – Summer School 2017

More details here

Thursday 8th December: STP Seminar – “Einstein–Maxwell–Anti-de-Sitter solitons and black holes”

Title: Einstein–Maxwell–Anti-de-Sitter solitons and black holes

Speaker: Eugen Radu (Aveiro University)

Abstract: We consider a new class of solutions in Einstein-Maxwell theory with a negative cosmological constant, that approach asymptotically a globally Anti-de-Sitter (AdS) background in four spacetime dimensions. There are no analogue objects to these solutions in asymptotically flat spacetime and their existence can be traced back to the “box”-like behaviour of the AdS spacetime. Both solitons and black holes are discussed. In the latter case, we report on static solutions that have no continuous spatial symmetries. These black holes have a smooth, topologically spherical horizon, but without isometries.

Time: Thursday 8th December 2016, 2.00pm.

Place: Lecture Room, School of Theoretical Physics, DIAS, 10 Burlington Road, Dublin 4.

Friday 2nd December – Manuscript Culture in Late Pre-Modern Iceland

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Admission is free but advance booking is required by e-mailing conference@celt.dias.ie

Photos from the School of Cosmic Physics Statutory Public Lecture 2016 – 24th November 2016

Professor Tim Palmer Royal Society Research Professor, University of Oxford

Professor Tim Palmer, Royal Society Research Professor, University of Oxford

Professor Tim Palmer, Professor Maria Baghramian (UCD School of Philosophy & Principal Investigator on

Professor Tim Palmer, Professor Maria Baghramian (UCD School of Philosophy & Principal Investigator on “When Experts Disagree” Project), Professor Luke Drury (School of Cosmic Physics, DIAS & Principal Investigator on “When Experts Disagree” Project)

Cecil Keaveney (DIAS Registrar) with Prof. Tim Palmer

Cecil Keaveney (DIAS Registrar) with Prof. Tim Palmer

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 Watch the lecture here

DIAS School of Cosmic Physics Statutory Public Lecture 2016

 in association with the

“When Experts Disagree” Irish Research Council funded interdisciplinary project between UCD School of Philosophy and DIAS

“The Physics of Climate Change : What we know and what we are uncertain about”

by Professor Tim Palmer

Royal Society Research Professor, University of Oxford

Thursday 24th November 6:30pm

Edmund Burke Theatre (Room 1008), Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

Admission is free but advance booking is required here on eventbrite.

https://www.dias.ie/climatechange

http://whenexpertsdisagree.ucd.ie/

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Photos from the School of Theoretical Physics Statutory Public Lecture 2016 -21st November 2016

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Professor Sheila Rowan, Director of Institute for Gravitational Research, University of Glasgow and Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland.

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Prof. Arthur Jaffe (Chairman of Governing Board of School of Theoretical Physics, DIAS), Prof. Sheila Rowan, Prof. Werner Nahm (Senior Professor and Director of the School of Theoretical Physics, DIAS).

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DIAS School of Theoretical Physics Statutory Public Lecture 2016

Gravitational waves: a new astronomy

By Professor Sheila Rowan, Director of Institute for Gravitational Research, University of Glasgow and Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland.

Monday 21st November 2016 at 6:30pm

Theatre D (ICON Theatre), UCD Science Hub, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4. (map)

Admission is free but advance booking is required here on eventbrite.

https://dias.ie/gravitationalwaves (more…)

Friday 25th November: STP Seminar – “Invariant Set Theory: Towards a Realistic Locally Causal Gravitational Theory of the Quantum”

Title: Invariant Set Theory: Towards a Realistic Locally Causal Gravitational Theory of the Quantum

Speaker: Tim N. Palmer (University of Oxford)

Abstract: It is traditionally assumed that the application of quantum theoretic ansätze to a suitably defined model of gravity will somehow provide the long-sought theory we call “quantum gravity”. The fact that 60 years of increasingly intense research has failed to uncover this theory may indicate that this is simply not the correct approach to synthesising quantum and gravitational physics. Here a more holistic approach to this problem is proposed. In it the universe as a whole is treated as a nonlinear deterministic dynamical system evolving precisely on some measure-zero fractal dynamically invariant set IU in cosmological state space. It is assumed that the laws of physics at their deepest describe the geometry of IU . It is firstly shown that complex Hilbert vectors of quantum theory can represent points of IU under conditions of epistemic uncertainty. This is used to provide a realistic and locally causal account of the Bell Theorem. Incorporating the geometry of IU into a general relativistic framework suggests a novel geometric proposal for the nature of both dark matter and energy. Overall, it is claimed that the synthesis of quantum and gravitational physics will require a more radical modification of quantum theory than of relativistic gravitation theory, and that the resulting unified theory may more accurately be described as a gravitational theory of the quantum, than a quantum theory of gravity. Much of the theoretical development can be based on properties of the set of p-adic integers, this being to fractal geometry what the set of real numbers is to Euclidean geometry. A detailed discussion of Invariant Set Theory and the Bell Theorem from this p-adic perspective is given in https://arxiv.org/abs/1609.08148 (currently in review in Phys Rev A).

Time: Friday 25th November 2016, 2.00pm.

Place: Seminar Room, School of Theoretical Physics, DIAS, 10 Burlington Road, Dublin 4.