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Maria Carla Galavotti, University of Bologna

About the Use and Misuse of Probability in Court

4:15pm January 23, 2012, Building 260 Room 007


In recent decades probability and statistics have gradually made their way into the realm of law. This has been favoured by the proliferation of forensic techniques including identification by means of fingerprints, DNA evidence, marks on bullets, etc., and by the ever-increasing amount of epidemiological and medical data, and the refinement of risk analysis. The paper will examine some of the problems related to the use of probabilistic and statistical methods in court, together with some suggestions taken from the vast literature on the topic.

Structuralism in Philosophy of Physics: Alternatives to Realism

October 6 - 8th, 2011

Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa St., Stanford CA

Click here for the complete program and abstracts

Symposium on Constructive Geometric Reasoning

All day Saturday, October 24, 2009

Invited Speakers

John Mumma (Stanford): "Exact geometric constructions with inexact diagrams"
Victor Pambuccian (Arizona State University): "Universal axiomatizations of plane geometries in languages without relation symbols"
Michael Friedman (Stanford): "Kant on Geometry and Spatial Intuition"
Michael Beeson (San Jose State): "The parallel postulate in constructive geometry"
Dana Scott (Carnegie Mellon and UC Berkeley): "Geometry via Algebra"


9:15-9:30 Welcome
9:30-10:45 John Mumma
10:45-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:15 Victor Pambuccian
12:15-1:30 Lunch at CSLI
1:30-2:45 Michael Friedman
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-4:15 Michael Beeson
4:15-5:30 Dana Scott
5:30-7:00 Dinner at CSLI

Conference Location

All conference events will be held at CSLI in Cordura Hall, Room 100. The address is 210 Panama Street. Directions can be found here. There is free parking in the lot across Panama Street after 4:00pm on weekdays and all day on weekends.


Solomon Feferman and John Mumma

George E. Smith

THEORY ENTERS MEASUREMENT: Seventeenth Century Experiments in the Mechanics of Motion

4:15pm May 28, 2009, History Building Room 305


Efforts to design high quality experiments on motion during the 17th century faced difficulties not merely from such unwanted effects as air resistance, but even more so from problems in measuring velocities, precise elapsed times, and ultimately forces. Success in overcoming these difficulties came primarily from resorting to theory to identify proxies -- e.g. height of fall as a proxy for velocity squared -- by means of which these quantities could be indirectly measured. This practice began with Galileo and continued to be developed throughout the century. The talk will review the history of the practice and some of its implications for the philosophy of science.

Stanford-Paris, REHSEIS-CNRS Workshop: Diagrams in Mathematics

October 9-11, 2008
This year's event will be held in Paris.

Gerhard Schurz, Chair of Theoretical Philosophy, Henrich Heine Universität, Dusseldorf

"Phlogiston and Structural Realism"

4:15 pm, Nov. 11th, 2008 Location TBA

Stanford Science and Technology Studies Writing Group, 2007-2008

The Stanford Science and Technology Studies Writing Group welcomes Stanford graduate students, postdocs, visiting lecturers, and other members of the Stanford community in the early stages of their academic careers whose work engages with the interdisciplinary study of science and technology. The goal of the writing group is to provide a supportive structure to help prepare work for publication and/or dissertation, as well as grant proposals, dissertation proposals, and any other type of writing demanded of beginning scholars. The 2007-08 schedule will be posted here soon.

The Stanford STS Writing Group met four times a quarter during 2006-2007, and concluded with a day-long graduate student conference and keynote event in the spring of 2008.

At each regular meeting, a participant circulates a piece of writing intended for publication or dissertation work and another participant serves as a moderator for discussion. In addition to the group discussion at meetings, participants are encouraged to provide written feedback to the author.

The STS Writing Group is supported by a grant from the Patrick Suppes Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Science and Technology at Stanford University.

The group generally meets every other Tuesday from noon to 1:30pm in History room 307. Contact: Brianna L. Rego (Department of History, brianna.rego at or Brad Bouley (Department of History, bouley at for this year's schedule.

CHPS Small Grants

This year's grant program will be on hold during the reorganization of the center.

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