College of Arts and Sciences
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I received my PhD (2015) from the University of Toronto and spent the following year as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Philosophy of Science. Before coming to Columbia, I also taught at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and most recently at Cambridge University.
My research examines the ways in which scientific models enable learning about the physical systems they represent. I aim to understand what is distinctive about the way in which these models represent and what makes them effective epistemic tools. I am particularly interested in the roles that different kinds of representations play in contemporary and historical practices of molecular structure determination. Currently, I am engaged in two projects, one examining how models of protein structure produced by different experimental techniques can be integrated to understand protein structure and function, and the other considering how historical case studies can be used to draw normative philosophical conclusions about scientific practice.
- Bolinska, A. & Martin, J. D. (2021). ‘The tragedy of the canon; or, path dependence in the history and philosophy of science’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, 89:63-73.
- An author interview about this paper is available at the Circle: Philosophy, Science, and History.
- Suárez, M. & Bolinska, A. (2021). ‘Informative models: Idealization and abstraction’, in Cassini, A. & Redmond, J. (eds.), Idealizations in Science:. Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science, vol 50. Springer, Cham.
- Bolinska, A. & Martin, J. D. (2020) ‘Negotiating history: contingency, canonicity, and case studies’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 80:37-46.
- Winner of the 2019 International Union for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology Essay Prize in the History and Philosophy of Science
- Synopsis available in the 100th Issue of the CSHPS Communiqué
- Bolinska, A. (2018). 'Synthetic versus analytic approaches to protein and DNA structure determination', Biology and Philosophy 33: 26.
- Bolinska, A. (2016). 'Successful visual epistemic representation', Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 56: 153–160.
- Bolinska, A. (2013). 'Epistemic representation, informativeness and the aim of faithful representation', Synthese 190: 219–34.