Event

Jun 9-11, 2021
Approximations in Physics: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives

The purpose of the event will consist of investigating the different roles that approximation methods have played over the history of physics, from Newton to our days. Our hope is that the workshop will allow us to shed light on our suspicion that approximation methods became more and more central to physics after WWII, and that this constituted an important break with established practice. Part of our goal in organizing the event, then, consists of finding out if current attempts to find a theory of everything in physics are better understood as attempts to develop new kinds of approximation methods, rather than as efforts to create new scientific theories in the usual sense. 

The lineup of speakers includes Arianna Borrelli, Christian Joas, Michael Miller, Patricia Palacios, Laura Ruetsche, George Smith, Mark Wilson, and Eric Winsberg, among others. We are also excited to announce that Max Planck Director Alessandra Buonanno from our co-host institution at Potsdam-Golm will complete this lineup. Prof. Buonanno is the Director of the Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity Department at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics and is well-known for her groundbreaking work in applying both numerical methods and analytic approximation methods to the study of gravitational waves—we can’t wait to learn more about her research at the cutting edge of contemporary physics at the event. 

Contact and Registration

Everyone is welcome to attend, please contact Pablo Ruiz de Olano for further information. 

2021-06-09T00:00:00SAVE IN I-CAL 2021-06-09 00:00:00 2021-06-11 00:00:00 Approximations in Physics: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives The purpose of the event will consist of investigating the different roles that approximation methods have played over the history of physics, from Newton to our days. Our hope is that the workshop will allow us to shed light on our suspicion that approximation methods became more and more central to physics after WWII, and that this constituted an important break with established practice. Part of our goal in organizing the event, then, consists of finding out if current attempts to find a theory of everything in physics are better understood as attempts to develop new kinds of approximation methods, rather than as efforts to create new scientific theories in the usual sense.  The lineup of speakers includes Arianna Borrelli, Christian Joas, Michael Miller, Patricia Palacios, Laura Ruetsche, George Smith, Mark Wilson, and Eric Winsberg, among others. We are also excited to announce that Max Planck Director Alessandra Buonanno from our co-host institution at Potsdam-Golm will complete this lineup. Prof. Buonanno is the Director of the Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity Department at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics and is well-known for her groundbreaking work in applying both numerical methods and analytic approximation methods to the study of gravitational waves—we can’t wait to learn more about her research at the cutting edge of contemporary physics at the event.  Pablo Ruiz de Olano Pablo Ruiz de Olano Europe/Berlin public