The History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Large Physics Experiments
International Spring School in Wuppertal, Germany on March 13–20, 2022
Large experiments such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observer (LIGO), and the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) play an essential role at the frontiers of contemporary fundamental physics. These experiments employ big research facilities, they probe nature at vast energy and length scales, they produce immense amounts of data, and they involve great numbers of researchers. We will discuss questions such as those arising from the history and philosophy of fundamental physics, the methodological challenges of big data, and the history and sociology of large research collaborations.
Confirmed Speakers (more to be added)
Arianna Borrelli, TU Berlin (Philosophy/History) | web
Laura Covi, Universität Göttingen (Physics) | web
Katharina C. Cramer, Universität Bonn (Political Science/History) | web
Richard Dawid, Stockholm University (Philosophy) | web
Gregor Kasieczka, Universität Hamburg (Physics) | web
Dennis Lehmkuhl, Universität Bonn (Philosophy/History) | web
Martina Merz, AAU Klagenfurt (Science Studies) | web
David Wallace, University of Pittsburgh (Philosophy) | web
Christian Zeitnitz, BU Wuppertal (Physics) | web
Practical Information and Location Details
The ongoing pandemic will be monitored carefully. It will be decided by early January 2022 whether the spring school will take place or not. The spring school will not be moved online.
The school will feature a number of morning and evening lectures by distinguished members from each of the respective fields (see above). Additionally, there will be working groups in the afternoon that cover selected topics from particle physics. A selection of participants will also get a chance to present their own work.
The cost of participation will be € 450 and include full board and lodging. The school will be held
- from 13 to 20 March 2022 at the
- Tagungszentrum Auf dem Heiligen Berg, Missionsstraße 9, 42285 Wuppertal, Germany.
The school venue is located on top of a hill in a central area of Wuppertal, near a large park (the "Hardt") and Wuppertal's botanical garden. It is sufficiently secluded to ensure a calm and quiet atmosphere but central enough to get to and fro fast.
The venue can be reached directly by bus no. 643 from Wuppertal main station and is proximate to the exit “Wuppertal-Elberfeld” on expressway 46. The closest airports are Düsseldorf (approx. 50 km / 30 miles or 1 hour and 10 minutes’ train ride) and Cologne/Bonn (approx. 70 km / 40 miles or 1.5 hours’ train ride).