James completed a PhD in philosophy at the University of Leeds in 2016. His thesis, entitled “What is Quantum Field Theory? Idealisation, Explanation and Realism in High Energy Physics,” brought together issues in the foundations of physics and more general debates in the philosophy of science. Before joining the MPIWG he held postdoctoral positions at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Pittsburgh. The focus of James’ current research is the concept of renormalization in quantum field theory. While at the MPIWG he is looking at the historical development of renormalization theory after 1950 and the impact that these ideas had on the final theory program.
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