Jon Bain was born in New York City and grew up in Hawaii. He is currently an associate professor of philosophy of science at the Polytechnic School of Engineering of New York University (NYU-Poly), with affiliations in NYU-FAS's Department of Philosophy, and NYU-Gallatin's Program in History of Science and Science Studies. He received a PhD in history and philosophy of science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998, and an MS in physics from Pitt in 1996. Prior to NYU-Poly, he taught in the Philosophy Department at the University of California-Riverside. His research interests include philosophy of spacetime, scientific realism, and philosophy of quantum field theory.
More specifically, he's interested in the ontological and metaphysical commitments of theories in contemporary physics; in other words, in how such theories can be interpreted. His current research involves debates over the nature of particles in quantum field theories, the concept of emergence in effective field theories, and general issues concerning the notion of structure and how it might be represented in theories in physics.
Ph.D., History and Philosophy of Science
M.A, History and Philosophy of Science
B.S. (cum laude), Applied Mathematics/Physics
Associate Professor of Philosophy of Science
From: August 2005 to present
Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Science
From: August 1999 to September 2005
Visiting Assistant Professor, Philosophy Department
From: August 1998 to September 1999
Affiliated Faculty, Department of Philosophy, NYU-FAS
Affiliated Faculty, History of Science and Science Studies, NYU-Gallatin