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In this year and a half of the plague, I have not traveled much and have
not wanted to travel much. Summer at our lakeside cottage has been a most
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(July 23, 2021) We managed a short drive into Ohio to buy plants for the
garden. We stopped at Mary's diner in Geneva, Ohio, which is near
Geneva-on-the-Lake. Photographer: Eve Picker.
How life in this year of the plague felt.
(These are Zoom room backgrounds that reflected my mood.)
We escaped when we could to a cottage on a lake.
March 13, 2020. (Friday the 13th) At Heathrow airport waiting for my
flight to Pittsburgh after visiting Stockholm. The US halted flights from
Europe, starting at midnight on Friday the 13th. My flight landed at
8:15pm. This was the last day of open travel from Sweden to the US. The
circled announcement in the photo is the gate announcement for the
March 11, 2020. Stockholm, Sweden, while I was giving the Wedberg
Lectures at the University of Stockholm. Photographer: Richard Dawid.
October 6, 2019. Princeton NJ, for a meeting of the Einstein Papers
Project Executive Committee. Shown is 124 John St., where Eve and I lived
in 1982 and 1983.
July 21, 2019. Saig in the Schwarzwald, Germany. Before start of summer
school, The Nature of Entropy 1: From Thermodynamics to Black Holes.
View from balcony of my room.
June 13, 2019. Mackinac Island, MI. At a Sushi restaurant. Photographer,
June 11, 2019. Detroit, MI. At a 1950s, 1960s retro AirBnB in midtown. At
the Avalon Bakery. Photographer, Eve Picker.
May 17, 2019. Stillwater, MN. At the Seven Pines Symposium.
May 14, 2019. Minneapolis, MN. Before giving public lecture on time
travel at the McNamara Center, University of Minnesota (in photo).
May 4, 2019. Bondi Beach, NSW, Australia. Photographer: David Norton.
May 2, 2019. Wentworth Falls, NSW, Australia.
April 5, 2019. Auburn University, Alabama. At the conference Representation,
Idealization and Explanation in Science. Center for the Arts and
Humanities at Pebble Hill. Photographer: Elay Shech.
November 3, 2018. Seattle, Washington, at the Philosophy of Science
Association meeting. Closing reception on the 35th floor of the Sheraton
hotel. Photographer: Siska De Baerdemaeker
October 28, 2018. Pittsburgh, PA, at the conference "Norton4Everyone?" on
my book draft, The Material Theory of Induction. These are all
PhD students of mine, past and present, who participated. Photographer:
September 15, 2018. Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh. Before giving
popular lecture "Is Time Travel Possible?"
July 7, 2018. Budapest, Hungary. At Vajdahunyan Castle. Photographer:
July 2, 2018. Vienna, Austria. At the University of Vienna, Summer School
on thought experiments. Photographer: Elke Brendel.
May 16, 2018. Stillwater, MN. At the Stillwater Lift Bridge, on a run,
just before the 2018 Seven Pines Symposium.
April 23, 2018. London, UK. At St. Pancras Station, before giving a
Popper Seminar on April 24. Photographer: Eve Picker.
April 22, 2018. Brugge, Belgium. On a small vacation, sharing the city
with all the other tourists (on a canal boat tour). Photographer: Eve
November 23, 2017. Pittsburgh, PA. Thanksgiving dinner at the Commoner
Restaurant, downtown. Photographer: Eve Picker.
November 17, 2017. Baltimore, Maryland. During a visit to Johns Hopkins
to the give the Asher Achinstein lecture on November 16. Photographer:
Peter Achinstein, on the balcony of his loft overlooking the Patapsco
River/ Northwest Harbor.
October 18, 2017. Caltech, Pasadena, CA. For an Einstein Papers Project
Executive Committee Meeting. At the Athenaeum.
September 11, 2017. Bern, Switzerland. Outside the Patent Office where
Einstein worked as a patent examiner. Photographer: Tilman Sauer.
September 1, 2017. University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Conference:
"Gravity: Past Present and Future."
August 10, 2017. Beacon, NY, while visiting as a trailing spouse.
July 20, 2017. Erie, PA. Waiting for lunch before going into the state
park at Presque Isle Bay for an afternoon of bike riding. The sign outside
the eatery says "bikers welcome." Photographer: Eve Picker.
June 20, 2017. Columbus, Ohio. At the Buckeye Bourbon House, downtown, a
bank converted to a bar-restaurant.
May 29, 2017. Munich, Germany. At the Siegestor, while visiting the
Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy for the conference "Reasoning
and Argumentation in Science." Photographer: Ben Eva.
May 27, 2017. Tarquinia, Italy, at New Directions in the Foundations
of Physics. Outside the conference hall in the Commune di
Tarquinia. Photographer: Laura Felline.
May 19, 2017. Stillwater, MN, at the Seven Pines Symposium. Photographer:
December 14, 2016. Chicago, at the Virgin Hotel. Photographer: Eve
November 2, 2016. Atlanta, during the Philosophy of Science Association
Biennial Meeting. Photo of reflection in public sculpture on Peachtree St.
October 16, 2016. St. Louis, Missouri, during a 24 hour visit to the
University of Missouri, St. Louis. I saw very little: the airport, the
campus and the Drury Inn St. Louis Airport hotel, where this shot was
September 29, 2016. In Melbourne at Lygon St., near the University of
Melbourne. Photographer: Howard Sankey.
September 24, 2016. At nephew James' wedding to Gina. Evans Lookout, near
Blackheath, Blue Mountains.
September 21, 2016. University of Sydney. Just before giving a talk in
the Department of Philosophy. Photographer: James Norton.
September 20, 2016. Sydney, Australia. Just before taking a harbour ferry
to Cremorne Point. Photographer: David Norton.
July 13, 2016. Lund, Sweden. Outside the Grand Hotel, while at the Center
for Philosophy of Science Quadrennial Fellows Conference.
July 7, 2016. Paris, at Universite Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne, immediately
after Rawad El Skaf defended his doctoral dissertation. Photographer:
Rawad El Skaf.
July 4, 2016. Edinburgh, Scotland, while at the &HPS6 conference.
Photographer: Robert Rynasiewicz.
June 30, 2016. Lausanne, Switzerland. At Congres de la Societe de
Philosophie des Sciences. Photographer: Jeremy Butterfield.
June 9, 2016. Detroit, Michigan. At Quicken Loan. Photographer: Eve
May 28, 2016. University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. At the Canadian
Society for the History and Philosophy of Science Annual Conference.
Photographer: Elay Shech.
May 13, 2016. At the Seven Pines Symposium, Stillwater, Minnesota.
Photographer: Serge Rudaz.
May 9, 2016. A Visit to Caltech. Photographer: Diana Buchwald.
March 27, 2016. A flight around Pittsburgh's downtown with me in the back
of a Cessna 172. Photographer: Eve Picker
March 6, 2016. Boulderado Hotel, Boulder, Colorado. During a visit to
give a talk to the Committee on the History and Philosophy of Science,
University of Colorado, Boulder. Photographer: Allan Franklin
October 22, 2015. Caltech, Pasadena, California. At a Meeting of the
Einstein Papers Executive Committee. Outside the Athenaeum. Photographer:
Yemima Ben Menahem.
October 1, 2015. Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. Shortly before
giving a public lecture on Einstein's discovery of general relativity at
the Midwest Relativity Meeting. Photographer: John Everett of CIERA,
Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics.
September 19, 2015. Cook Forest State Park. We stayed at the old Gateway
Lodge. Photographer: Eve Picker.
August 16, 2015. Deep Creek, Maryland. At "Blue Moon Rising," which is a
collection of tiny house cabins. We stayed in "Funkomatic." Photographer:
July 26, 2015. Tuebingen, Germany, during a summer school on
Idealizations in Physics. Outside the hotel. Photographer: Marco
June 6, 2015. In London, Ontario, at Western University. Photographer:
May 21, 2015. At Patacon Pisao, a Venezuelan restaurant, in the Lower
East Side of New York. Photographer: Eve Picker.
May 15, 2015. At Seven Pines Symposium, Outing Lodge, Stillwater MN.
Photographer: Jim Weatherall.
April 21, 2015. At Canterbury Cathedral, while visiting for the Progic
2015 conference at the University of Kent.
April 7, 2015. At my room in the Tabard Inn in Washington, DC, waiting to
be interviewed for a new Nova program on Einstein and relativity.
March 14, 2015. University of Calgary, after speaking in philosophy of
science conference. View from my hotel room in the Hotel Alma on the
campus of the University.
January 24, 2015. Penn State, just before giving public lecture in
Series, 2015 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science.
Photographer: Abhay Ashtekar.
January 3, 2015. Philadelphia, visiting the Reading market. Photographer:
November 6, 2014. Chicago, while at PSA conference.
June 26, 2014. Vienna, while at &HPS5 conference. Photographer: Eve
June 21, 2014. Lecce in Puglia, the heel of the boot of Italy. Arches
from the ruins of a Roman amphitheater. Photographer: Eve Picker.
June 16, 2014. Trastavere in Rome, Italy. During visit to SILFS
May 15, 2014. Outing Lodge in Stillwater, Minnesota, at the Seven Pines
Symposium. Photographer: Doreen Fraser.
April 18, 2014. Washington, DC, while at New Directions in Foundations of
Physics conference. Run past White House to the Mall.
March 10, 2014. La Jolla, California, while visiting UC San Diego.
November 10, 2013. Madrid, Spain. Inferentialism workshop at UNED. I
found a coffee shop and sat at the counter opposite the espresso machine.
August 7, 2013. Copenhagen, Denmark. At the central railway station.
Photographer: Eve Picker.
August 3, 2013. Lund, Sweden. At a coffee shop on Klostergatan.
Photographer: Eve Picker.
July 30, 2013. 17th UK and European Meeting on the Foundations of Physics
at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Outside the Palaeontologisches
Museum, where the parallel talks were held. Photographer: Claus Beisbart.
July 16, 2013. Oakwood Resort, Grand Bend, Western Ontario. At the Rotman
Institute Summer School on Foundations of Statistical Phyisics.
Photographer: Carl Hoefer.
May 16, 2013. At the Seven Pines Symposium in Minnesota. Self portrait.
May 9, 2013. On the way to Washington, DC, for New Directions in the
Foundations of Physics conference. The Greyhound bus broke down 25
miles outside of Washington. We were delayed for 2 hours until they could
patch the engine coolant system and refill it.
April 17, 2013. Workshop on Cosmology and Time, Institute for Gravitation
and the Cosmos, Penn State University. Photographer: Bryan Roberts.
March 14, 2013. Rotman Institute, University of Western Ontario, London,
Ontario. Photographer: Wayne Myrvold.
February 1, 2013. Caltech, Pasadena, during a visit to the Einstein
Papers, Advisory Board. A sculpture of Einstein in a stairway in the
December 26, 2012. Photo taken while running in a snowstorm. View of the
Fort Duquesne Bridge along the northern bank of the Allegheny River.
December 2, 2012. Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Waiting for my
daughter while she sits the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
November 15, 2012. San Diego, while at PSA 2012. I went for a run past
the sailing ships downtown. Self-portrait.
September 29, 2012. Brooklyn, New York, looking towards the southern tip
of Manhattan. Photographer: Eve Picker.
July 13, 2012. University of Konstanz, Germany, during a conference on
theoretical virtues. Photographer: Stephan Hartmann.
June 7, 2012. Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. Eve and I spent a few days there
ahead of the Center's Quadrennial Fellows' Conference at the University of
Mugla in the Southwest of Turkey. Photographer: Eve Picker.
May 18, 2012. Seven Pines Symposium, Stillwater MN, where I gave a talk
on analogy. Self-portrait.
March 14, 2012. Athens, Greece, while attending &HPS4. During a run
at the Acropolis. Self-portrait.
March 6, 2012. New York city. At the Clinton St. Baking company in the
Lower East Side. Photographer: Eve Picker; and view from our hotel balcony
on Rivington St. in Lower East Side. Self-portrait.
December 5, 2011. Vienna, Austria. At the Cafe Landtmann. Photographer:
June 28, 2011. Beijing, China. At the Fobidden City. I gave 5 lectures at
Tsinghua University and a lecture at Shanxi University. Photographer: Chen
May 21, 2011. Stillwater, Minnesota, at the Seven Pines Symposium. Topic:
Origin of Life.
April 30, 2011. Washington, DC, at the conference New Directions in the
Foundations of Physics.
April 14, 2011. Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award.
March 23, 2011. I spent the month of March, 2011, at the Rockefeller
Bellagio Center on Lake Como in Italy. Eve was a resident and I was able
to accompany her as an irresponsible spouse. We stayed in the villa
Serbelloni of the photo; our window are shown on the top floor.
Photographer: Eve Picker.
February 9, 2011. Visit to PiTP at University of British Columbia,
December 25, 2010. Eve and I took the Megabus to New York City. We
arrived in time to be stranded by a blizzard. The return bus trip was
cancelled and we came home a day late by Amtrak. Photographer: Eve Picker.
December 12, 2010. Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, Bad Honnef,
Germany. Worskhop: "Heuristics in Physics." Photographer: Adrian Wüthrich.
November 5, 2010. Philosophy of Science Association Meeting, Montreal,
Canada. In the Complexe Desjardins, where the conference was held.
Photographer: Ken Manders.
September 24, 2010. &HPS3 Conference at Indiana University,
Bloomington, IN. Outside Indian Memorial Union. Photographer: Ron Giere.
July 7, 2010. Dublin after a run. Speaking at British Society for
Philosophy of Science Meeting at University College Dublin ("UCD").
Photographer: Jim Woodward.
June 23, 2010. Hamburg. Sailing on the Alster, while spending the week in
Hamburg to give the Weizsäcker lectures. Photographer: Ulrich Gähde.
June 12, 2010. New York, on a weekend getaway. Outside our "bed and
breakfast" in upper East Side. Bed was
uncomfortable. Breakfast was a muffin in the room's fridge.
Photographer: Eve Picker.
June 5, 2010. Paddle at the Point, Pittsburgh, PA. One of 1800 kayaks and
canoes beating the Guiness World Record for the largest kayak and canoe
flotilla in the world. Photographer: Eve Picker.
May 7, 2010. Seven Pines Symposium. Stillwater, MN.Photographer: Brian
April 16, 2010. Boston University. Center for Philosophy and History of
Science, Fiftieth Anniversary Conference.
March 11, 2010. Paris, on Metro. Conference on thought experiments and
computer simulation at IHPST. Photographer: Eve Picker.
February 11, 2010. Einstein Papers at Caltech, Pasadena, California.
Photographer: John Heilbron.
Oxford, September 22, 2009. Philosophy of Cosmology Conference.
Immediately after the conference banquet at Balliol College. Photographer:
Halifax, Nova Scotia. August 2, 2009. Hume conference. I went for a run
and took this photo of the window of a boat restoration workshop at the
maritime museum. The museum ship Acadia and the bay is reflected in the
Nantucket, MA, July 15, 2009. Cycling on vacation. Unable to find any man
with his cash in a bucket.
Pittsburgh, PA, June 27, 2009. I've finally realized the ambition of
keeping a sailboat on Pittsburgh's rivers.
Toronto, Canada, May 21-24, 2009, for a thought experiment conference. We
had dinner at this noodle bowl shop on the first evening.
Washington, DC, April 30 - May 2, 2009, for New Directions conference.
Outside Firehook Bakery near Duport Circle, where I had three breakfasts.
Fort Benning, GA. April 23-26, 2009.
Washington University at St, Louis on a visit to give a joint
philosophy/physics colloquium, April 2, 2009. Standing outside Brookings
Hall. The photographer was John Rigden.
University of Notre Dame, during the &HPS2
conference, March 12-15, 2009.
Dickens Hall is the charming old stone building that houses the
philosophy department of Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.
March 6, 2009.
"The Oaklands" is the former residence of the President of Western
Michigan University in Kalamazoo and is now a guest house where visiting
speakers like me can stay. December 4-7, 2008.
A visit to the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Canada, September 27 -
The University of Geneva's Summer School in Philosophy of Physics was
held in Arolla in the Swiss Alps, near a glacier. We climbed up to it,
July 30, 2008.
At our Center's Quadrennial Fellows Conference in Athens, Ohio, we went
on an excursion that included a little canoe trip on the Hocking River.
July 22, 2008.
In Ghent for a conference on induction, July 9, 2008. On
Sint-Michielsbrug -- St. Michael's Bridge.
Crescent Street, Montreal, June 15, 2008 (sitting on the balcony of
The view from the Eureka Tower Skydeck, Melbourne, May 2008.
Visiting Tongli, a canal city near Shanghai, April 2008.