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Doreen Fraser

Associate Professor

Doreen FraserAreas of interest

Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy of Science, Applicability of Mathematics, History of Physics (especially 17th, 19th and 20th Centuries)

Selected publications

  • “The development of renormalization group methods for particle physics: Formal analogies between classical statistical mechanics and quantum field theory,” Synthese, in press.  [preprint]
  • (with Adam Koberinski) “The Higgs mechanism and superconductivity: A case study of formal analogies,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 55 (2016):  72-91.
  • “The fate of ‘particles’ in quantum field theories with interactions,” Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 39 (2008):  841-859.


  • Affiliate Member, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo
  • Member, Rotman Institute of Philosophy, University of Western Ontario

Selected supervisions

M.A. theses

  • The Role of Concrete Models in the Revolution in Superconductivity
  • Quantum Field Theory:  Motivating the Axiom of Causality
  • A Realist Critique of Structural Empiricism

Contact information
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Office: HH 330

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