Rainer Wallny: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2021

Name Prof. Dr. Rainer Wallny
FieldExperimental Particle Physics
Inst. f. Teilchen- und Astrophysik
ETH Zürich, HPK E 26
Otto-Stern-Weg 5
8093 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 633 40 09
Fax+41 44 633 11 04
RelationshipFull Professor

402-0600-00LNuclear and Particle Physics with Applications0 credits2SA. Rubbia, G. Dissertori, K. S. Kirch, R. Wallny
AbstractResearch colloquium
851-0162-00LPhilosophy of Physics Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 50.
3 credits3SM. Hampe, R. Wallny
AbstractClose reading of and reflection about selected texts from physicists (e.g. C.F: Weizsäcker, Wilczek, Susskind) on the philosophical problems and consequences of their work.
ObjectiveParticipants should develop a clear view of the epistemological foundations of their work and its consequences for philosophy of science and philosophy of nature.
ContentNewton's opus magnum of 1687 is still called a philosophy of nature: "Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica". The separation of physics from philosophy is new, and institutionally executed only in the 19th century. Since than the experiment is not a philosophical method and mahematical symbolization not part of the languages of philosophy anymore. But although the subjects were divided methodically they stayed in contact via their content. This can be seen in the reflexions of physicists like C. F: v. Weizsächer, Frank Wilczek or Leonard Susskind, who were all concerned with epistemological questions and topics related to the philosophy of science and philosophy of nature. The seminar is devoted to these reflections and will ask in what relation the philosophy of physicists stands to the physics of their time. We will discuss problems of the unity of physics, of emerging laws and of the beauty or ugliness of the physical universe resp. the theories about it.
Literaturesee moodle
Prerequisites / NoticeThe course follows the concept of an "inverted classroom". A prerequisite is that the relevant texts have been read prior to the lecture. The assistants will give support.