Physics Interest Group

Meeting time: Friday afternoons (about every other week—see calendar below), 1:30–3:00 p.m. 
Meeting place: online via Zoom

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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Fall 2020

Please join our mailing list for the zoom invitation or email mcps@umn.edu

September 11: Kok-Wei Bong, Aníbal Utreras-Alarcón, Farzad Ghafari, Yeong-Cherng Liang, Nora Tischler, Eric G. Cavalcanti, Geoff J. Pryde & Howard M. Wiseman. 2020. A strong no-go theorem on the Wigner’s friend paradox. Nat. Phys. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-020-0990-x (pdf)
Brukner, Č. 2020. Facts are relative. Nat. Phys. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-020-0984-8 (pdf)
Optional reading: Musser, G. 2020 (August 17). Quantum paradox points to shaky foundations of reality. Science doi:10.1126/science.abe3693 

September 25: Franklin, Allan. 2018. Is It the 'Same' Result? Replication in Physics (Bristol: IOP Publishing). Introduction (Ch. 1) and Part 1 (Chs. 2-4: The discovery of the Higgs boson, The observation of gravity waves, and The scattering of antineutrons by protons). Please secure a copy of the book through purchase or library loan if you plan to participate.

October 9: Franklin, Allan. 2018. Is It the 'Same' Result? Replication in Physics (Bristol: IOP Publishing). Chs. 5-7 (Is there a Fifth Force?, Is there a Universal gravitational constant?, and Physical constants and the properties of elementary particles)

October 23: Franklin, Allan. 2018. Is It the 'Same' Result? Replication in Physics (Bristol: IOP Publishing). Chs. 8-10 (Millikan's measurements of the charge of the electron, Are there low-mass electron–positron states?, and The pentaquark)
This video from the Rotman 2018 Annual Conference: Understanding Replication Across the Sciences, October 12, 2018, by Allan Franklin gives an overview of his book. You may be interested in watching.

November 6: Franklin, Allan. 2018. Is It the 'Same' Result? Replication in Physics (Bristol: IOP Publishing). Chs. 11-12 (Whose neutrino is it, Majorana's or Dirac's?, and Conclusion)

November 20:

November 27: No meeting - Thanksgiving

December 11:

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