Seminar of Philosophy of Science
Particle Physics at the Crossroads
Speaker: Dr Martin King, University of Bonn
The lack of new physics discoveries at the LHC has had a dramatic effect on the efforts of the particle physics community. As the predictions of model-based searches have failed, physicists have increasingly turned to model-independent approaches. This marks a strong shift in scientific methodology that may be here to stay. In this talk, I will review some of the major views on methodology from the history and philosophy of science from Newton to Popper. I then characterise model independence, and the Standard Model Effective Field Theory in particular, as a move away from classic hypothesis testing. I finish by reviewing some of potential worries about the future of particle physics at these new crossroads.
Thursday the 18th of March, 15:00 CET
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We are organising a cycle of seminars of philosophy of science at the 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 assist on request.
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