Alexander has a PhD in theoretical particle physics from the University of Heidelberg (research at the MPI for Nuclear Physics, 2009). In 2010 he joined the MPIWG, where he started out as a member of the Quantum History Project (until 2012). After that he was a Research Scholar at the MPIWG, coordinating, among other things, the cooperative project with the Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting Foundation from 2013–14. In 2017 he was awarded leadership of an independent Max Planck Research Group. Alexander has organized several workshops at the MPIWG (and externally) bringing together physicists, historians, and philosophers to discuss the history and foundations of quantum theory. He also co-organized the large conference celebrating the centenary of general relativity (2015) and is currently a member of the international committee preparing the centenary of quantum mechanics (2025).
Alexander’s research interests lie in the history and philosophy of modern physics, with a strong emphasis on the postwar period. His books include a commented sourcebook on the earliest attempts to bring together quantum theory and general relativity (together with Dean Rickles of the University of Sydney) and a monograph on Werner Heisenberg’s attempts at constructing a final theory in the 1950s. He is currently completing a book for Cambridge University Press on the debate on whether quantum field theory is (or can be turned into) a consistent mathematical framework. He teaches both at the physics department of the FU Berlin and at the history of science department of the TU Berlin.
Blum, Alexander S., and Martin Jähnert (2022). “The Birth of Quantum Mechanics from the Spirit of Radiation Theory.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 91 (February): 125–147. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsa.2021.11.004.Read More
Blum, Alexander S. (2021). “John Wheeler’s Desert Island: The Conservatism of Non-empirical Physics.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. Part A 90 (5): 219–225. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsa.2021.10.010.Read More
Blum, Alexander S. (2021). “John Wheeler’s Desert Island: The conservatism of non-empirical physics.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 90: 219–225. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsa.2021.10.010.Read More
Blum, Alexander S., Roberto Lalli, and Jürgen Renn (2020). “The Renaissance of General Relativity in Context: A Historiographical Review.” In The Renaissance of General Relativity in Context, ed. A. S. Blum, R. Lalli, and J. Renn, 1–14. Basel:…Read More