Max Bialek
Graduate Student
AOS: Philosophy of Information, Philosophy of Probability, Philosophy of Science
Office: SKN 1110A
I started as Ph.D. student in the Philosophy Department at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2010. I received my B.A. with honors in Philosophy at Rutgers University - New Brunswick in 2008. In the two years before coming to UMD, I was moonlighting as a neuroscientist doing electrophysiology in active rats with Carlos Brody's lab at Princeton University.


My research interests are primarily in the philosophies of science and probability as well as in corners of epistemology and philosophy of information. I am particularly interested in Information Theory, ranging from its foundations in C.E. Shannon's classic paper A Mathematical Theory of Communication to its more recent uses and abuses.

My dissertation is on the Best System Analysis of laws of nature. In particular, I am working to formalize the notions of simplicity and strength in a way that preserves the coherence between Best System laws and scientific practice and avoids embracing anthropocentrism.

I also like to think about humor.

Spring 2015
PHIL170 Introduction to Logic
Summer 2014
PHIL170 Introduction to Logic
Fall 2014
PHIL370 Symbolic Logic
Fall 2013
PHIL370 Symbolic Logic