Seminar of Philosophy of Science: Method-driven experiments and the search for dark matter

We are organising a cycle of seminars of philosophy of science at APC.
During 30 min, philosophers will present their research on a topic related to the themes of research of the laboratory. The presentation will be folllowed by a 30-min discussion between the audience and the speaker.
The event is open to all APC members, external members can attend on request.
A zoom link is communicated by email for the ones who wish to attend remotely.


Dr. Siska De Baerdemaeker, Stockholm University, Department of Philosophy
Method-driven experiments and the search for dark matter

Since the discovery of dark matter in the 1980s, multiple experiments have been set up to detect dark matter particles through some other interaction than gravity--despite the fact that the only available evidence for dark matter's existence is through its gravitational effects. I show that the justifications for why these experiments should be able to detect dark matter take on a different structure than what is often the case in experimental practice. By illuminating this 'method-driven logic', I shed new light on questions surrounding measurement robustness and methodological pluralism in context of dark matter research.


Jeudi, 14 janvier, 2021 - 15:00 to 16:00

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Dr. Siska De Baerdemaeker


Stockholm University, Department of Philosophy

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  • Autre

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