Talks: Alexander Blum and Stefano Furlan

The Geneva Symmetry group is happy to present a week with two talks, a more formal one by Alexander Blum (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Berlin) and an informal seminar by Stefano Furlan (Geneva and Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Berlin):

Wednesday, 4 March 2020, at 18:15 in Room L208 (Landolt):

Alexander Blum (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Berlin):The birth of quantum mechanics from the spirit of radiation theory (work done in collaboration with Martin Jähnert)

Thursday, 5 March 2020, at 16:15 in room B002 (Bastions) — please note the room change:

Stefano Furlan (Geneva and Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Berlin): On to Heligoland! Metainduction and narratives

Anyone who wishes to attend is welcome.

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Wednesday, 4 March 2020, at 18:15 in Room L208 (Landolt):

Alexander Blum (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Berlin):The birth of quantum mechanics from the spirit of radiation theory (work done in collaboration with Martin Jähnert)

Abstract: Planck’s law, the photoelectric effect, quantum jumps, the Compton effect, … the prehistory of quantum mechanics is basically all about electromagnetic radiation; yet, the theory that emerged in the mid-1920s was a purely mechanical theory, while a quantum theory of radiation would take another 25 years to complete. In this talk, I will try to explain this seeming paradox and reflect on what it tells us about the ongoing tension between discreteness and continuous fields in modern quantum field theory and quantum gravity.

Thursday, 5 March 2020, at 16:15 in room B002 (Bastions) — please note the room change:

Stefano Furlan (Geneva and Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Berlin): On to Heligoland! Metainduction and narratives

Abstract: I suggest a reading of Richard Dawid’s non-empirical (or meta-empirical) arguments which links them to actual practices and strategies used by physicists. In particular, I discuss the nature of the historically-informed accounts of Heisenberg, Polchinski, upon whom Dawid draws, as well as those crafted by Wheeler, and offer some insights on their relation to Dawid’s meta-inductive argument.

Paper: Please contact me if you wish to participate

About wuthrich

I am a philosopher of physics at the University of Geneva.
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