James Hofmann

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James R Hofmann, Ph. D.

Professor Emeritus of Liberal Studies


1969, BS Physics, Saint John's University

1974, MS Physics, University of Minnesota

1982, Ph.D. History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

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Research Areas

History and Philosophy of Science, especially evolution and creation and early 19th century electrodynamics


André-Marie Ampère: Enlightenment and Electrodynamics , 1996, Cambridge University Press.

Essay Review of Friedrich Steinle: Exploratory Experiments: Ampere, Faraday, and the Origins of Electrodynamics

Rate variation during molecular evolution: creationism and the cytochrome c molecular clock”, Evolution: Education and Outreach, February 2017, 10: 1. doi:10.1186/s12052-017-0064-4.

A Tale of Two Crocoducks: Creationist Misuses of Molecular Evolution,  Science & Education, 23(1), 2095-2117, Oct. 2014.

The Fact of Evolution: Implications for Science Education, Science & Education, 2003, 12, 729-760. (co-authored with Bruce H. Weber)

 "Darcy’s Law and Structural Explanation in Hydrology", in D. Hull, M. Forbes and K. Okruhlik, (eds.), PSA 1992: Proceedings of the 1992 Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, volume 1. (1992, East Lansing: Philosophy of Science Association) , pp. 23-35. (coauthored with Paul A. Hofmann)

 "How the Models of Chemistry Vie", in A. Fine, M. Forbes and L. Wessels (eds.), PSA 1990: Proceedings of the 1990 Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association. (1990, East Lansing: Philosophy of Science Association), vol. 1, pp. 405-419.

  "Engineers under Fire: Socially Responsible Engineering at the University of El Salvador", in M. Rogers and N. Warren (eds.), A Delicate Balance: Technics, Culture and Consequences, (1990: Los Angeles: Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), pp. 123-129. (coauthored with Andrea Stoutland)

 "Ampère’s Electrodynamics and the Acceptability of Guiding Assumptions", in A. Donavan, L. Laudan and R. Laudan (eds.), Scrutinizing Science: Empirical Studies of Scientific Change (1988: Dordrecht, D. Reidel Publishing Company), pp. 201-217.

 “Ampère’s Invention of Equilibrium Apparatus: A Response to Experimental Anomaly”, The British Journal for the History of Science, (1987) vol. 20, pp. 309-341.

 “Ampère, Electrodynamics and Experimental Evidence”, OSIRIS, (1987), vol. 3, pp. 45-76.