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. He also is an enthusiastic science communicator whose public lectures on physics and its implications have proved extremely popular.


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.

'A Comparison of Kinetic Energy and Momentum in Special Relativity and Classical Mechanics', The Physics Teacher 54 (February 2016): 559-561.               ** Listed in: The Best of The Physics Teacher 2015-2016 **    <https://www.aapt.org/Resources/Best-of-TPT-2015-2016.cfm>.

'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.  Available at: <http://www.eu-journal.org/index.php/EJPE/article/view/98>.

'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
  • Special Relativity
  • Methodology and philosophy of science
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