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Teru Miyake is an associate professor in the philosophy program at Nanyang Technological University, in Singapore. His research focuses on trying to understand the growth of scientific knowledge in the wake of criticisms raised against traditional notions of scientific progress by such philosophers as Thomas Kuhn, mainly through studying the history of sciences such as seismology, celestial mechanics, and physics.
At Radcliffe, Miyake is working on a project that examines the role of the concept of “residual phenomena” in the development of the physical sciences from the 19th century onward. The first part of the project traces out the birth and evolution of this concept among British natural philosophers, with a special focus on the work of Mary Somerville, a figure whose significance in the history of philosophy of science has been vastly underestimated. The second part of the project will develop a taxonomy and analysis of the ways in which residual phenomena have been used to produce evidence in specific sciences.
Miyake has a BS in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology and a PhD in philosophy from Stanford University, where he was the recipient of the Patrick Suppes Fellowship and a Whiting Dissertation Fellowship. He has received a Singapore Academic Research Fund Tier 1 grant for his research on the history of seismology. He has also published numerous articles in such journals as Philosophy of Science and Studies in History and Philosophy of Science.