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Modelling at the border of experimental and theoretical practice in physics

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In exploratory contexts in contemporary physics, such as the hunt for beyond standard model physics and the search for the nature of dark energy, physicists regularly cite the importance of ‘model independence’ for guiding experimental design and interpretation. What is model independence, how did it come to be a term of art in physics, and what is it good for? In answering these questions I show, among other things, how epistemic context distinguishes phenomenological modelling from a model independent approach, how this approach produces a means of communication at the border of experimental and theoretical practice in physics, and how model independence creates a target for experimental triangulation.

This talk is part of the Departmental Seminars in History and Philosophy of Science series.

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