2 Million Euros for research in integrated history and philosophy of physics in the Lichtenberg Group
CFA for Workshop "Quantum Foundations" (Deadline for application 13 January 2023)
The Working Group “Philosophy of Physics” (AGPhil) of the German Physical Society (DPG) invites submissions for its annual workshop. Contributions on any topic in philosophy of physics are welcome; the focus, however, will be on the foundations of quantum mechanics. The workshop takes place 20-24 March 2023 at the TU Dresden and will be part of the Annual Meeting of the DPG (https://smuk23.dpg-tagungen.de/index.html?set_language=en).
The following Invited Speakers have confirmed speakers thus far:
Emily Adlam (Western University)
Michael Cuffaro (LMU Munich)
Paul Näger (WMU Münster)
Alyssa Ney (UC Davis)
If you would like to present a paper, please submit an abstract of about 200 words by 13 January 2023
(ignore the stated 1 December 2022 abstract submission deadline on the website), using the online-form at https://www.dpg-tagung.de/smuk23/submission.html?language=en.
As conference fees are not trivial (https://smuk23.dpg-tagungen.de/registrierung/tagungsgebuehren), speakers who have difficulties paying the conference fees should contact us about possible travel grants.
We look forward to seeing you in Dresden!
Balzan PhD position in "Historical and philosophical aspects of solving the two-body problem in General Relativity"
Starting September 2023. For further information see here.
See www.gravconstant.net/events.html for details.
New chapters for King & Martens
We wish two of our PostDocs well, now they're embarking upon the next steps in their career. Martin King is starting with a DFG Eigene Stelle project—Deep Learning in Particle Physics: A Philosophical Analysis—at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (LMU). Niels Martens is now a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Utrecht (Freudenthal Institute & Descartes Center) with a project on the philosophy of dark energy, and will be a PostDoc at Harvard's Black Hole Initiative from Sept 2023, working on the philosophy of black holes and the social epistemology & governance structure of the Next Generation Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration. He will remain an associate member of the Lichtenberg Group in light of the Bonn/St. Andrews Network "The Gravitational Constant 1890-1915 – From the Local to the Universal".
Gravitational Constant Network
The website for the new Gravitational Constant Network between the University of St. Andrews and the University of Bonn is now online: gravconstant.net.
Call for Participation: Online Working Group on the History and Philosophy of Contemporary Theoretical Physics
Our new working/reading group on the history and philosophy of contemporary physics is open for registration. Hosted by The Consortium for the History of Science, this group will help promote a network of scholars who are interested in studying foundational papers in the history and philosophy of modern theoretical physics (full group description is below).
In our first meeting, which will be held by zoom on Wednesday Oct 12th, we will read and discuss Weyl's 1918 Gravitation and Electricity.
Schedule, zoom links and resources are available after registration.
The group page for registration and updates is available here:
The working group will meet once a month to discuss both historical papers and recent work by its members. The initial focus of the group will be on the increased mathematization of theoretical physics in the 20th century, in particular its historical development and philosophical implications. The readings for the group will include primary resources associated with the development of general relativity, quantum theory, and quantum field theories. We will begin with the history of early unified field theories, and follow different threads in their subsequent development in the second half of the twentieth century. Just a few examples of issues that fall within the scope of the working group are the historical development of gauge theory, modified gravity, and grand unified field theory, as well as related philosophical and conceptual issues.
Author Meets Physics Podcast
Our PostDoc Niels Martens and his co-author James Read have recently been interviewed by Prof. David Baker (Michigan) about their paper "Sophistry about symmetries?".
Call for abstracts for the annual conference of the Philosophy of Physics Group of the German Physical Society.
21 - 25 March 2022
The Philosophy of Physics Group (AG Phil) of the German Physical Society (DPG) invites submissions for its annual conference, which will take place within the framework of the annual conference of the DPG. Contributions to any topic in the philosophy of physics are welcome. A particular focus in this year will be the philosophical analysis of gravitational wave and black hole physics, and we particularly encourage submissions on this topic. The following speakers have already accepted the invitation to speak at the AG Phil sessions:
Juliusz Doboszewski (Bonn)
Isobel Falconer (St Andrews)
Peter Galison (Harvard)
Tushar Menon (Cambridge)
Lydia Patton (Virginia Tech)
Karim Thébault (Bristol)
The conference will take place 21 - 25 March 2022 and will be held entirely online. The DPG divisions for gravitational physics, particle physics, history of physics, and theoretical/mathematical physics, among others, also convene at the same conference. The conference will have many parallel sessions organised by the various DPG groups and divisions, and any attendee can freely jump between the different sessions on physics, its philosophy and history.
If you would like to present a paper, please submit an abstract of about 200 words by 21 January 2022 (ignore the stated 15 January 2022 abstract submission deadline on the website), using the online-form here.
For future updates, see here.
We are thrilled that Dr. Noah Stemeroff, former postdoctoral fellow in our gravitational wave project and former Heinrich Hertz fellow, has been successful at various grant applications, and has decided to take up a Humboldt fellowship, co-located at Bonn and Berlin. His Humboldt project, ''Mathematics or Physics? Idealism and the History of Gauge Field Theory'' will start in January 2022. Congratulations, Noah!
Image Credit for the Header: ESA/Hubble
Image in Main text: Dijedona Dani
Image in Main text: Dijedona Dani