Research

Topics

  • Analogical reasoning and confirmation (1.4, 1.7; 2.1)
  • Epistemology of spacetime (1.5, more drafts available upon request)
  • Generative strategies in theory construction (1.4, 2.1)
  • Metaphysical necessity (1.8, more drafts available upon request)
  • Non-empirical confirmation (1.4, 1.7, 1.11)
  • Principles in theory construction (1.4, 1.3, 1.10)
  • Renormalisability and UV completion (1.2, 1.3)
  • Spacetime emergence (1.4, 1.6, 1.9; 3.1)
  • Spacetime functionalism (1.9; 3.1)
  • Toy models (1.1)

Numbers in parentheses refer to articles listed below.

Publications

(1) In peer-reviewed journals

1.11 Linnemann, Niels: Non-empirical robustness arguments in quantum gravity. Studies of History and Philosophy of Modern Physics (2020). Link to paper.

1.10 Jaksland, Rasmus & Linnemann, Niels: Holography without holography: How to turn inter-representational into intra-representational relations in AdS/CFT. Studies of History and Philosophy of Modern Physics (2020). Link to paper (open access).

1.9 Linnemann, Niels: On the empirical coherence and the spatiotemporal gap problem in quantum gravity — and why functionalism does not (have to) help. Synthese: SI Spacetime Functionalism. Link to paper (open access).

1.8 Linnemann, Niels: On metaphysically necessary laws from physics. European Journal for the Philosophy of Science (2020). Link to paper (open access).

1.7 Crowther, Karen; Linnemann, Niels & Wüthrich, Christian: What we cannot learn from analogue experiments. Synthese: Special Issue: Reasoning in Physics (Forthcoming). Preprint.

1.6 Le Bihan, Baptiste & Linnemann, Niels: Have We Lost Spacetime on the Way? Narrowing the Gap Between General Relativity and Quantum Gravity. Studies of History and Philosophy of Modern Physics (2019). Preprint.

1.5 Menon, Tushar; Linnemann, Niels & Read, James: Clocks and Chronogeometry: Rotating spacetimes and the relativistic null hypothesis. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (2018). Preprint.

1.4 Linnemann, Niels & Visser, Manus: Hints toward the emergent nature of gravity. Studies of History and Philosophy of Modern Physics (2018). Preprint.

1.3 Doboszewski, Juliusz & Linnemann, Niels: How not to establish the non-renormalizability of gravity. Foundations of Physics (2017): 1-16. Preprint.

1.2 Crowther, Karen & Linnemann, Niels: Renormalizability, fundamentality, and a final theory: The role of UV-completion in the search for quantum gravity. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (2017). Preprint.

1.1 Irbäck, Anders; Jonsson, Sigurdur; Linnemann, Niels; Linse, Björn; Wallin, Stefan: Aggregate geometry in amyloid fibril nucleation. Physical Review Letters (2013). Paper.

(2) In edited volumes

2.1 Linnemann, Niels: Interpretations of GR as guidelines for theory change, in Beisbart,  Claus; Sauer, Tilman Sauer; Wüthrich,  Christian; editors: Thinking About Space and Time: 100 Years of Applying and Interpreting General Relativity. Birkhäuser (Basel) (Forthcoming). Preprint.

(3) Edited issues

3.1 Crowther, Karen, Linnemann, Niels, & Wüthrich, Christian, editors: Special Issue on Spacetime Functionalism (Synthese). Springer (Forthcoming). Introduction (open access).

For current drafts (on – constructive axiomatisation, – symmetry and conservation laws, – quantisation), and my thesis (philosophy of quantum gravity as a philosophy of discovery) — otherwise to be made available online soon —, please feel free to email me (niels.linnemann AT uni-bremen.de).

 

Selected Talks

6/2020 Invited talk: Philosophy of Quantum Gravity as a Philosophy of Generation (Oxford Philosophy of Physics Seminar)

3/2020 Invited talk: Metaphysically Necessary Laws in Physics (ERC-FraMEPhys project, Birmingham)

9/2019 Contributed talk: Quantisation as a method of discovery: the nature and prospects of quantisation approaches to quantum gravity (EPSA 2019, Geneva)

7/2019 Contributed talk: Quantisation as a method of discovery (BSPS 2019, Durham)

4/2019 Invited talk: On Metaphysically Necessary Laws in Physics (DFG Inductive Metaphysics workshop on Counterpossibles, Counternomics and Causal Theories of Properties, Cologne)

2/2019 Contributed talk: On Metaphysically Necessary Laws in Physics (German Society for Philosophy of Science, Cologne)

9/2018 Contributed talk: Does GR need an interpretation? (Swiss Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science: Annual Meeting 2018, Lugano)

3/2018 Contributed talk: Have We Lost Spacetime on the Way? Narrowing the Gap Between General Relativity and Quantum Gravity, joint work with Baptiste Le Bihan (DPG Frühjahrstagung, Berlin)

9/2017 Contributed talk: Quo vadis GR? Indications for an Emergent Nature of GR, together with Manus Visser (Thinking about Space and Time: 100 Years of Applying and Interpreting General Relativity, Bern)

9/2017 Contributed talk: Why the Metric Field and Its Dynamics Should Be Emergent, joint work with Manus Visser (EPSA 2017, Exeter)

8/2017 Contributed talk: On principles of theory construction and justification in quantum gravity, joint work with Karen Crowther (ECAP 9, LMU Munich)

7/2017 Contributed talk: The role of UV completion in the search for quantum gravity, together with Karen Crowther (BSPS 2017, Edinburgh)

2/2017 Contributed talk: How not to establish the non-renormalizability of gravity, poster presentation (Quantum Spacetime and the Renormalization Group conference, Lorentz Center, Leiden)

12/2016 Contributed talk: On principles of theory construction and justification in quantum gravity, together with Karen Crowther (Reasoning in Physics Workshop, Center for Advanced Studies, Munich)

6/2016 Student talk: The Renormalizability of Gravity, joint work with Juliuz Doboszewski (International Summer Institute in Philosophy of Physics, Williamsbay, Wisconsin)

5/2016 Contributed talk: The Renormalizability of Gravity, together with Juliuz Doboszewski (Philosophy of Physics Workshop, University of Bern)

11/2015 Contributed talk: Emergent Gravity vs. Quantum General Relativity? (Philosophy of Physics graduate seminar, University of Oxford)