Physics Interest Group

Meeting time: Friday afternoons (about every other week—see calendar below), 1:30–3:00 p.m.
Meeting place: History of Science and Technology Seminar Room, 592 Shepherd Labs

The physics interest group (PIG) reads and discusses works of mutual interest in the history and philosophy of physics. We select readings for a variety of reasons: to keep up on the most exciting developments in the field, to help participants scrutinize literature relevant to their research projects (faculty or graduate student research), to provide feedback on works in progress being written by participants (graduate students, faculty, and Center visitors), to revisit classic articles in the literature, and sometimes just to have fun discussing a topic related to physics. For more information please contact Jos Uffink or Samuel Fletcher.

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September 6: Masanes, L., Galley, T.D. & Müller, M.P. 2019. The measurement postulates of quantum mechanics are operationally redundant. Nature Communications 10, Article number: 1361. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-09348-x. Here's a popular press introduction: https://www.quantamagazine.org/the-born-rule-has-been-derived-from-simple-physical-principles-20190213/ 

September 27: Richard Dawid. 2013. String Theory and the Scientific Method Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Introduction, Chs. 1 and 2

October 4: Richard Dawid. 2013. String Theory and the Scientific Method Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Ch. 3

October 25: Richard Dawid. 2013. String Theory and the Scientific Method Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Chs. 4 and 5

November 8: Richard Dawid. 2013. String Theory and the Scientific Method Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Ch. 6

November 22: Richard Dawid. 2013. String Theory and the Scientific Method Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Ch. 7

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