Seminario interdisciplinare Fisica - Filosofia dal 2019 al 2013

Coordinamento a cura di A. Cappelli, E. Castellani e F. Colomo

october 13-27, 2019

Beyond the Standard Model: Historical-Critical Perspectives

Galileo Galilei Institute (GGI)



A.Blum (Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin)
A. Borrelli (MECS, Leuphana University Lüneburg)
E. Castellani (DILEF- University of Florence)

Local organizer: Cappelli (INFN, Firenze)

Venerdì 18 ottobre 2019, ore 15.00

Aula Magna
Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia
Polo Scientifico
via Giovanni Sansone 1 - Sesto Fiorentino

Sebastian de Haro (Dept. of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge; Amsterdam University College)

Visualisation and Understanding in Theories with and without a Spacetime

Venerdì 15 marzo 2019, ore 15.00

Aula 38, Blocco aule
Polo Scientifico, via Giovanni Sansone 1 - Sesto Fiorentino

Sibylle Anderl (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble)

Let’s talk about science (But how?)

Abstract: Today, we live in times when science seems increasingly under attack in public: scientific expertise and the validity of scientific knowledge is being questioned by many holding populist views. At the same time, science is key for many of the central future-challenges we face as human beings. In this situation, scientific popularization seems particularly important and very much needed. But the intention to communicate scientific topics gives rise to many questions: Who should do the job (journalists / scientists / research institutions / philosophers)? How much simplification is allowed or necessary? Which means of communication are most efficient? What is the role of social media? And how can we as communicators deal with the exponential growth of scientific publications? I will talk about these and other questions based on my experiences as a science non-fiction author and a science editor working at “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, one of Germany’s major national newspapers, but also as former researcher in astrophysics and philosopher of science. 

Giovedì 26 aprile 2018, ore 15.30

Aula Magna Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia 
Polo Scientifico, via Giovanni Sansone 1 - Sesto Fiorentino (FI) 

Guido Risaliti (Università di Firenze)

Cosmologia osservativa: ai confini (e oltre?) della scienza 

Abstract: Le osservazioni di interesse cosmologico sono enormemente aumentate nel corso degli ultimi anni/decenni, tanto da definire la fase di sviluppo attuale “cosmologia di precisione”. Tuttavia, a cosa fa riferimento tale precisione? Sicuramente può riferirsi alle misure dirette che hanno rilevanza cosmologica, come la relazione distanza-redshift, la distribuzione delle anisotropie della radiazione cosmica di fondo, la distribuzione su larga scala delle galassie. In tutti questi campi, i metodi e la conseguente attendibilità dei risultati sono quelli tipici dell’astrofisica. Quando però tale precisione è “trasferita” alla determinazione dei parametri cosmologici (ad esempio,quantità di materia ed energia oscura) si effettua un salto logico importante, e non pienamente giustificabile sulla base del metodo scientifico tradizionale. Il modello cosmologico standard contiene elementi fondamentali, come la materia oscura, la costante cosmologica, l' inflazione, che sono stati via via “aggiunti” per mantenere l’accordo con osservazioni che falsificavano il modello precedente. Questo approccio “convenzionalista” è presente anche nelle possibili estensioni del modello cosmologico standard. Possiamo quindi definire l’attuale approccio alla comprensione dell’ evoluzione dell Universo propriamente “scientifico”?

venerdì 31 marzo 2017, ore 15:00 
Aula Magna, Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia 
Polo Scientifico, via Giovanni Sansone 1 - Sesto Fiorentino (FI)


Richard Dawid (Department of Philosophy, University of Stockholm)

String Theory and the Case for Non-Empirical Confirmation




Abstract: Fot the last thirty years, string theory has played a highly influential role in fundamental physics without having found empirical confirmation. The presentation will analyze reasons for the high degree of trust many physicists have developed in a theory that, according to classical standards of theory assessment, would have to be called an unconfirmed speculation. It will be argued that the cases of string theory and some other theories in contemporary fundamental physics suggest an extension of the concept of theory confirmation that allows for a weaker form of confirmation by observations that are not predicted by the theory in question (to be called "non-empirical confirmation"). In the last part of the talk I will address some worries that have been raised with respect to the presented ideas.

Venerdì 15 aprile 2016 ore 15.00

Aula Magna del Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia 
Polo Scientifico, via Giovanni Sansone 1 - Sesto Fiorentino (FI) 

Black Holes and Thermodynamics 

Domenico Seminara  (Università di Firenze)

"Introduction to BH Thermodynamics"


Erik Curiel  (Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, München)

"Philosophical discussions"



Mercoledì 10 Febbraio 2016 ore 15.00

Aula Magna del Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia 
Polo Scientifico, via Giovanni Sansone 1 - Sesto Fiorentino 

Giuseppe Mussardo  (Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati, Trieste)

A brief history of low-temperature physics



Mercoledì 6 Maggio 2015 ore 15.00

Aula Magna del Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia 
via Giovanni Sansone 1 - Sesto Fiorentino (FI)

Saverio Pascazio (Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita' di Bari, Italy and INFN (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Bari, Italy)

Quantum mechanics, quantum computers and quantum simulators

Abstract: The quantum superposition principle, when applied to systems composed of many parts, can yield highly entangled states. Quantum computers exploit such entanglement, by performing more computations simultaneously. This is known as quantum parallelism and can lead to an exponential speedup of performance. Quantum computers are difficult to realize, due to decoherence and other detrimental effects. Quantum simulators are more focused, and 
easier to build. After reviewing the basic ideas at the basis of quantum simulations, we discuss their main features and differences with respect to classical simulations.


Michael Cuffaro (MCMP (Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy), München

A Different Perspective on the Quantum-Classical Divide

Abstract: I will argue that the kinds of locally causal models (LCMs) ruled out by a given quantum no-go theorem depends, in part, on the context of inquiry, for implicit in our judgements of which LCMs should be ruled out by a no-go theorem in a given context are a set of additional `plausibility' constraints associated with that context. This has interesting implications. In particular, in the traditional foundational literature, the `all-or-nothing' GHZ equality is usually 
considered a more powerful refutation of local causality than Bell's, for while GHZ can be shown to be violated using a single quantum experiment, the violation of statistical inequalities like Bell's requires repeated experiments to demonstrate. But the situation changes once we leave the foundational context. In the computational context, 
where we are concerned, not with alternatives to quantum theory, but with what we are capable of building with the aim of classically reproducing quantum statistics, the GHZ theorem loses its force. Statistical theorems like Bell's do not.

Venerdì 27 febbraio 2015 ore 15

Aula Magna del Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia 
via Giovanni Sansone 1 - Sesto Fiorentino (FI)


Wolfang Pietsch (Technische Universität München)

What is and why do we need philosophy of physics?


Abstract: Philosophy of physics is a small but thriving research field situated at the intersection between the natural sciences and the humanities. However, what exactly distinguishes philosophy of physics from physics is rarely made explicit in much depth. 
I provide a detailed analysis in the form of a number of theses, delineating both the nature of the questions asked in philosophy of physics and the methodology with which they are addressed. The concept of causation will be used as a case study.

Mercoledì 14 gennaio 2015 ore 15

Aula Magna del Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia 
via Giovanni Sansone 1 - Sesto Fiorentino (FI)


Nell'ambito degli INFN Colloquia, in collaborazione con il Seminario interdisciplinare Fisica-Filosofia, si terrà l'incontro

Particle Fever

The movie

10000 scientists from over 100 countries join forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter. But our heroes confront an even bigger challenge: have we reached our limit in understanding why we exist? Particle Fever is a celebration of discovery, revealing the very human stories behind the tale of this epic experiment.



Lunedì 13 Gennaio 2014, ore 15

Aula Magna del Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia 
(Polo Scientifico, Sesto Fiorentino)

Colloquio INFN, in collaborazione col Seminario Interdisciplinare di Fisica e Filosofia


Mauro Dorato (Università di Roma 3)

Il conflitto tra tempo relativistico e tempo dell'esperienza: il problema del presente


Lunedi 4 novembre 2013, ore 15 
Aula Magna del Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia 
Polo Scientifico, Sesto Fiorentino


Giuseppe Mussardo (SISSA, Trieste)

Proiezione del film: 
"Maksimovic. La storia di Bruno Pontecorvo"

Venerdì 19 Aprile 2013, ore 15-18

Aula Magna del Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia 
Polo Scientifico (Sesto Fiorentino)


Oltre il Modello Standard. Prospettive e riflessione filosofica

Relatori: Michele Redi (INFN, Firenze); Arianna Borrelli (Bergische Universität Wuppertal)

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