Michael Weisberg

Guest Speaker

Faculty Host for Penn, Michael Weisberg is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Penn and also serves as the Chair of the Philosophy Graduate Group. Dr. Weisberg is a philosopher of science whose work focuses on methodological issues in biology, chemistry, and the social sciences. He has recently published Simulation and Similarity: Using Models to Understand the World. He has also written articles on diverse topics such as the nature of the chemical bond, the social structure of science, and the use of scientific models in ecology. Dr. Weisberg co-chaired Penn’s Year of Evolution (2008-2009) and has been involved in many projects concerning the public understanding of science. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, San Diego, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Stanford University. Co-director of the Penn Laboratory for Understanding Science with his wife Deena Skolnick Weisberg, the pair is currently working on a community science project with local high school students on San Cristóbal in Galápagos. 

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