Dr Peter Riggs

Dr Peter Riggs
Visiting Fellow
Department of Quantum Science


Peter J. Riggs is a leading Australian researcher on the foundations of physics, the nature of time, and methodology of science.


Quantum Causality: Conceptual Issues in the Causal Theory of Quantum Mechanics.  Dordrecht: Springer, 2009.

Natural Kinds, Laws of Nature and Scientific Methodology (edited collection). Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic, 1996.

Whys and Ways of Science: Introducing Philosophical and Sociological Theories of Science.  Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1992.

Recent articles

'Interstellar Journeys in Human Lifetimes: Numerical Computations', Physics Education 52 (May 2017): 033001.

'Is There a Spatial Analogue of the Passage of Time?', Philosophy and Cosmology 18 (2017): 12-21.

'A Comparison of Kinetic Energy and Momentum in Special Relativity and Classical Mechanics', The Physics Teacher 54 (February 2016): 559-561.

'Contemporary Concepts of Time in Western Science and Philosophy' in McGrath, A. and Jebb, M.-A. (eds), Long History, Deep Time (ANU Press, Canberra, 2015).  Available here.

'A Proposed Experimental Test of Quantum Theory using the Techniques of Atom Optics', arXiv:1411.0464 [quant-ph] (2014).  Available at:  <http://arxiv.org/abs/1411.0464>

'Why a Spaceship Cannot Reach the Speed of Light from the Perspective of the Spaceship's Rest Frame',  Latin-American Journal of Physics Education 7 (4) (Dec. 2013): 604-608.  Available at:  <http://www.lajpe.org/dec13/13-LAJPE_846_Peter_Riggs.pdf>

'Momentum Probabilities for a Single Quantum Particle in Three-Dimensional Regular ‘Infinite’ Wells: One Way of Promoting Understanding of Probability Densities',  European Journal of Physics Education 4 (4) (Oct. 2013): 1-13.

'What Do We Feel When We ‘Feel’ Time ‘Passing’?',  Journal of Consciousness Exploration & Research 3 (9) (Oct. 2012): 1064-1073.

'Motion with Non-Constant Gravitational Acceleration',  Latin-American Journal of Physics Education 5 (3) (Sept. 2011): 544-547.  Available at:  <http://www.lajpe.org/sep11/LAJPE_566_Peter_Riggs_preprint_corr_f.pdf>

'Colliding Ice Comets and the Reality of Energy',  Physics Essays 23 (4) (Dec. 2010): 621-624.

'Energy Content of Quantum Systems and the Alleged Collapse of the Wavefunction',  arXiv:0910.2834v1 [quant-ph] (2009).  Available at:  <http://arxiv.org/abs/0910.2834>

'Reflections on the deBroglie-Bohm Quantum Potential',  Erkenntnis 68 (1) (Jan. 2008): 21-39.

'Nowness and Loss of Meaning in Tensed Propositions',  KronoScope: Journal for the Study of Time 7 (1) (2007): 79-83.

Research interests

  • The nature of time and space
  • Foundations of quantum physics
  • Fundamentals of energy and energy processes
  • Methodology and philosophy of science
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