One of Eddington's photographs of the 1919 solar eclipse experiment, presented in his 1920 paper announcing its success. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tests_of_general_relativity.

One of Eddington's photographs of the 1919 solar eclipse experiment, presented in his 1920 paper announcing its success. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tests_of_general_relativity.

Seminar Series

Historical Epistemology of the Final Theory Program

All welcome, no registration necessary. For further information email officeblum@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de.

The seminar of the Research Group “Historical Epistemology of the Final Theory Program” runs once a month, usually on a Monday at 14:30 in the seminar room of the Villa (Harnackstraße 5). The talks deal primarily with the history, philosophy, and foundations of modern (post-WWII) physics or with wider epistemological questions related to the work of the group. There are no pre-circulated papers.

2018

Is the Standard Theory of Semiclassical Einstein Gravity Viable? MPIWG Villa, Room V005/Seminar Room

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Naturalness, Wilsonian Renormalization, and “Fundamental Parameters” in Quantum Field Theory MPIWG Villa, Room V005/Seminar Room

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The Naming of Particles: Representation and Concept Formation in Early Particle Physics MPIWG Villa, Room V005/Seminar Room

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The Causal Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics MPIWG Villa, Room V005/Seminar Room

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On Virtues and Vices of Axiomatic Quantum Theory MPIWG Villa, Room V005/Seminar Room

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On Strings and Loops: Shifting the Perspectives MPIWG Villa, Room V005/Seminar Room

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Invariance Essentialism MPIWG Villa, Room V005/Seminar Room

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Emergence and Reduction in Condensed Matter Physics MPIWG Villa, Room V005/Seminar Room

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On the Use and Misuse of Non-empirical Theory Assessment MPIWG Villa, Room V005/Seminar Room

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Working outside the Mainstream during the Pre-History of Quantum Gravity MPIWG Villa, Room V005/Seminar Room

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“A Very Serious Difficulty”: the Role of Gauge Invariance in Quantum Electrodynamics (1929–1954) MPIWG Villa, Room V005/Seminar Room

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Science without Law MPIWG Villa, Room V005/Seminar Room

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Schwarzschild Gravitational Field and Collapsed Stars MPIWG Villa, Room V005/Seminar Room

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2019

Peter Bergmann on Observables in Hamiltonian General Relativity MPIWG Villa, Room V005/Seminar Room

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CANCELED: MPRG Final Theory Program Seminar MPIWG Villa, Room V005/Seminar Room

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How Did the Ether Disappear? MPIWG Villa, Room V005/Seminar Room

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Rethinking Perturbation Theory in the 1950s MPIWG Villa, Room V005/Seminar Room

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Eddington’s Philosophy of Science MPIWG Villa, Room V005/Seminar Room

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Hermann Weyl's Neighbourhoods: "Spaces" in Mathematics, Physics, Subjectivity, and Historiography MPIWG Villa, Room V005/Seminar Room

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Localizability and vacuum entanglement in (non-)relativistic QFT MPIWG Villa, Room V005/Seminar Room

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Lessons from the Case of the Life Sciences: Thinking toward Philosophy of Science as Interdisciplinarity MPIWG Villa, Room V005/Seminar Room

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2020

The Rochester Conferences on High-Energy Nuclear Physics and Journalization in Mid-20th Century Science Publishing MPIWG Villa, Room V005/Seminar Room

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Virtual Transitions and the Narrative in Which They Were Included: Its Inception and Its Reception MPIWG Villa, Room V005/Seminar Room

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Interpreting Complex Data in the History of Science with Network Theory

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How "Epistemological Letters" Changed the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics

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Formal or Material? Gauge and the Gravity-Electromagnetism Analogy

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John Wheeler between Cold Matter and Frozen Stars: The Road Towards Black Holes

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Léon Rosenfeld and His Understanding of the Necessity of Quantizing Fields

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2021

Charles S. Peirce on the "Mutual Aid" between History of Science and Philosophy

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From Two-Component Theories to Neutrino Flavor Oscillations: A Long Way in the History of Neutrino Physics

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Who Killed the Superconducting Super Collider?

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Young Yukawa and Heisenberg’s Visit to Kyoto in 1929 MPIWG Online

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