Meeting time: Fridays 1:30–3:00 pm
Meeting place: 127 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 Michel Janssen. If you wold like to be added to the PIG email list please send a request to email@example.com.
September 13, 2013 Michel Janssen will present a talk he prepared with Tony Duncan for a conference in Copenhagen this summer to mark the centenary of the Bohr atom. The title of the talk is: "Stark contrasts: the Stark effect in the old and the new quantum theory." If you want to read up on the topic ahead of time, you can do no better than read the introduction by Michael Eckert to the two papers with which Arnold Sommerfeld in effect laid the foundations for the old quantum theory. Skip the first part and read as much as you can stomach of pp. 25–60. (pdf)
September 27, 2013 Jos Uffink. Seven Pines talk on the theory of the history of entanglement.
October 11, 2013 William L. Harper (Western University, Ontario) will be visiting. Discussion will continue on Jos Uffink's Seven Pines talk on the theory of the history of entanglement.
Reading: F. Laloë 2008 "Do we really understand quantum mechanics?
Strange correlations, paradoxes and theorems" (pdf)
November 15, 2013 Femke Kuiling. Chapter 3 pp 59–88 of Bas C. van Fraassen's Scientific Representation: Paradoxes of Perspective Oxford: Oxford University Press (2008). ISBN-10: 0199278229. ISBN-13: 978-0199278220 (pdf)
December 6, 2013 Allan Franklin (U Colorado Boulder): What makes for a good experiment: the case of the Michelson-Morley experiment. (pdf)