We're thrilled that Dr. Jamee Elder, collaborator and recurring visitor on our gravitational wave project and former Heinrich Hertz fellow, has won the 2021 Du Châtelet Prize in Philosophy of Physics for her paper ''On the 'direct detection' of gravitational waves''. The topic of the 2021 competition was "Measurement practices in the physical sciences: correlation, calibration and stabilization", with the selection committee consisting of Alisa Bokulich, Hasok Chang, Daniel Mitchell and Wendy Parker. Each winner receives $1000, will present their paper at a workshop to be held at Duke University (provisionally scheduled for April 7-9 2022), and is invited to have their paper considered for publication in the journal Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. Dr. Elder is our second Heinrich Hertz Fellow to receive the Du Châtelet Prize, following up on Dr. Josh Eisenthal who won the prize last year.
Dennis Lehmkuhl has been elected as the new chairperson of the Philosophy of Physics Group (AGPhil) of the German Physical Society (DPG). Philosophical reflection on gravitational waves and black holes will be the focus of the AGPhil conference 2022 in Heidelberg.
Oxford Mathematics Department hosts "Spacetime Singularities" Event with Sir Roger Penrose, Dennis Lehmkuhl and Melvyn Bragg
We are proud to report that our postdoc Niels Martens has received the Philosophy of Cosmology Essay Award by the New Directions in Philosophy of Cosmology project, for his paper 'Dark Matter Realism', which was written as part of the project LHC, dark matter & modified gravity within the interdisciplinary research unit Epistemology of the LHC. This award of $1500 comes with an invitaton to present the paper at their online conference in 2021. Moreover, the paper will appear in an edited volume that is to be published by the New Directions project.
The Heinrich Hertz Fellowships for the academic year 2021/22 have been advertised; the deadline for applications is 31 January 2021. For details see here, and for the current Hertz fellows see here.
"Simplicities and Complexities" was a conference on interdisciplinary perspectives on simplicity and complexity in scientific knowledge and practices, which took place in Bonn from 22 to 24 May 2019. It was organised by the DFG Research Unit "Epistemology of the Large Hadron Collider"; several of the organisers are also members of the Lichtenberg group. The conference brought together scholars from the sciences and humanities, ranging from physicists, biologists and computer scientists to philosophers, linguists, anthropologists and more. A report on the conference, "Simplicity in the Sciences and Humanities: Report on the Bonn "Simplicities and Complexities" Conference", has now been published in Journal for General Philosophy of Science. Moreover, the Research Unit has announced a call for papers for a topical collection in Synthese, titled "Simplicity out of Complexity? Physics and the Aims of Science". The deadline is 31 July 2020.
The German Research Foundation (DFG) has provided three more years of funding for the research unit "Inductive Metaphysics"; two of the nine projects are based in Bonn. A postdoc position to join the project "The role of Inference to the best explanation in the discovery of gravitational waves" has been advertised here.
2,39 Million for 3 more Years of Research of Interdisciplinary HPS Research on LHC Physics
The German Research Foundation (DFG) has awarded 2,39 Million Euros to fund our research unit "The Epistemology of the LHC" for three more years. For the general press release with details on this see https://www.lhc-epistemologie.uni-wuppertal.de/news-events-publications/news/launch-of-the-second-phase.html ; for associated job postings see https://www.lhc-epistemologie.uni-wuppertal.de/news-events-publications/news/job-advertisement.html
Einstein in Napoli
I very much look forward to this Einstein conference in Napoli: https://chiararussokrauss.wixsite.com/einstein2020