Allen I. Janis

  • Professor Emeritus
206 Allen Hall
(412) 624-9049


My work is primarily in the areas of general relativity and philosophy of science. I am also the Department's liaison to the College in High School program.

Selected Publications

  • "Propagation of Gravitational Waves in Robertson-Walker Backgrounds," GRG 17, 599 (1985).
  • "The Magnitude - Redshift Relation," Astrophys. J. 385, 391 (1992).
  • "The Value of Scientific Failure," in The Value of Scientific Failure, T. Horowitz and A. Janis, eds. (Rowman and Littlefield, 1994), pp. 13-17.
  • "Physics and Science Fiction," in Revisiting the Foundations of Relativistic Physics, A. Ashtekar et al., eds. (Kluwer, 2003), pp. 545-554.
  • "Conventionality of Simultaneity," in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, E. Zalta, ed. (, 1998, last substantive revision 2018).
  • "Review of The Road to Relativity: The History and Meaning of Einstein's "The Foundations of General Relativity," by Hanoch Gutfreund and Jürgen Renn," Am. J. Phys. 84, 407 (2016).
  • "On Mass, Spacetime Curvature, and Gravity," Phys. Teacher 56, 12 (2018).