# John Dougherty

I'm an assistant professor at the

Munich
Center for Mathematical Philosophy.

I'm interested in the relationship between mathematics and the physical world: how we can and do use math to describe, predict, and explain physical happenings, and how we can do it better. I think the best way to understand this relationship is to look at applications of mathematics in science, and I think some of the most successful applications ever have been in quantum field theory, our current best theory of high-energy particle physics. I argue that these applications interact with traditional philosophical questions about representation, interpretation, and logic. Along the way I also end up having things to say about the philosophical foundations of quantum gravity (black hole thermodynamics in particular), questions about space and time, topics in the metaphysics of science, and issues in the history of philosophy of science, logic, and mathematics.