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All sessions take place at the Palacio Miramar

Thursday 18th October , PM


15:30 – 16:00 Welcome
16:00 – 17:30 Histories of Theory Change

(Salon Blanco)


Pablo Ruiz de Olano (Max Planck Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte): Theory Choice in Post-War Particle Physics: Rethinking the Decline-of-QFT- Narrative.



Matthias Heymann (Aahrus Universitet): Modeling the climate: Epistemic and cultural change in climate science




Massimiliano Badino (University of Verona): Structure or Agent? Max Planck and the Birth of Quantum Theory

Problems in 18th Century Physics

(Salon Petit)


Rudolf Meer (University of Graz): Immanuel Kant’s Transcendental Justification of the Action at a Distance in the Context of the Scientific Debates of the 18th Century.



Raffaele Pisano (Université de Lille): Understanding Physics as Newton’s Principia Geneva Edition ([1739-1742] 1822): The Interplay Physics–Mathematics–Geometry into History of Physics


Erdmann Görg (Ruhr-Universität Bochum): Connecting philosophical reflections with experimental research – J.F. Fries’ extension of Kant’s Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science


17:30 – 18:00 COFFEE BREAK
18:00 – 19:30 Plenary Session: Patricia Fara


(Salon Julio Caro Baroja)




Friday 19th October, AM


9:30 – 11:00 Mathematical Methods

(Salon Blanco)


Ricardo Karam (Københavns Universitet): Historical justifications for the use of complex numbers in quantum mechanics


Arianna Borrelli (Technische Universität Berlin): The Monte Carlo method in early particle physics


Jan Lacki (Université de Genève): Fritz London and the rise of transformation theory




Quantum Physics

(Salon Petit)


Daniela Monaldi (York University): From light quanta to bosons



Marij van Strien (Bergische Universität Wuppertal): Feyerabend and Bohm on quantum mechanics: parallels between physics and philosophy


Helge Kragh (Københavns Universitet): The Principle of Plenitude as a Guiding Theme in Modern Physics


11:00 – 11:30 COFFEE BREAK
11:30 – 13:30 National Identities

(Salon Blanco)


Marià Baig, Gonzalo Gimeno, Enric Pérez and Mercedes Xipell (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona): Schrödinger in Spain: a critical diffusion of quantum mechanics


George Vlahakis (Hellen Open University and Inistitute for Historical Research): Physics and Orthodox Christianity in 20th century Greece


Geert Vanpaemel (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven): Nuclear Research and Science Policy in Post-War Belgium


Santiago Sierra and Carlos Hugo Sierra (Basque Association for Oriental Studies): Science between two worlds. Piotr Leonidovich Kapitza as the main introductory of the methods of western physics in the Soviet Union.


Forgotten Names in Physics

(Salon Petit)


Thiago Hartz (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro) and Reinaldo de Melo E Souza (Universidade Federal Fluminense): The struggle of the last Newtonian: Joseph Bertrand’s work on celestial mechanics (1853-1894)


Edward Davis (University of Cambridge): Rutherford’s favourite radiochemist: Bertram Borden Boltwood (1870 – 1927)



Christopher Sinclair (Caterham School):Dr John Macintyre 1857-1928 – Scotland’s X-Ray Pioneer



Bruno Nobre, Antonio Augusto Passos Videira and Marcos Paulo Da Cunha Martinho: Francis X. Roser, SJ and the Physics Institute at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro



13:30 – 15:00 LUNCH



Friday 19th October, PM


15:00 – 17:00













Forgotten Projects in Physics

(Salon Blanco)



Cormac O’Raifeartaigh (Waterford Institute of Technology): The dawning of modern cosmology: an internal and external history


Denis Weaire and James Lunney (Trinity College, Dublin): The radiant Stranger: the Story of Conical Refraction


Sian Stott, Isobel Falconer, Charles Baily and Paul Cruickshank (Univeristy of St Andrews): Recreating FitzGerald’s Wheel and Band Model of the Electromagnetic Ether


Andrew Whitaker (Queens University, Belfast): George Gabriel Stokes and the Safety of Railway Bridges


Special Symposium: “A Cultural History of Physics in the Modern Age” (1)

(Salon Petit)


Richard Staley (University of Cambridge): Worldviews and views of the world: On the relations between scale and method in physicists’ changing cultural authority


Joanna Behrman (Johns Hopkins University): “Practitioners of Physics: Thinking Beyond the Archetypes”


Joseph D. Martin (University of Cambridge): Who Was Physics For?: Companies, Combatants, Countries, and Colleagues


Xavier Roqué (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona): The places of physics in the 20th century


17:00 – 17:30 COFFEE BREAK
17:30 – 19:00 Scientific Institutions (1)

(Salon Blanco)


Katemari Rosa (Universidade Federal da Bahia): The hidden Blackness of Brazilian science: an oral history approach


Thomas Kaiserfeld (Lund University): Neutrons Disarmed and Commercialized: Realizing Plans for a Transnational European Spallation Source in the Wake of the Cold War


Climério Silva Neto (Universidade Federal do Oeste da Bahia): A Nobel for Détente: how diplomacy shaped the outcome of the prize for the invention of the laser

Special Symposium: “A Cultural History of Physics in the Modern Age” (2)

(Salon Petit)


Falk Müller (Goethe Universität): With what was physics done? On the role of instruments in 20th century physics


Arne Schirrmacher (Humboldt Universität): How did Physics Knowledge Circulate Throughout Culture in the 20th Century?


Nasser Zakariya (University of California, Berkeley): Representations and Misrepresentations of Twentieth-century Physics



19:00 – 20:00 Plenary Lecture, PhysicsEstoire Prize: Jim Bennett

(Salon Julio Caro Baroja)





Saturday 20th October, AM


9:00 – 11:00 Scientific Institutions (2)

(Salon Blanco)


Karl Grandin (Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences): The middle way of physics in 1943


Juraj Sebesta (Univerzita Komenského): Foundation of the Institute of Physics of Slovak Academy of Sciences


Ganka Kamisheva (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences): Union of Physicists in Bulgaria 120 Years Jubilee




Pedagogy and the History of Physics

(Salon Petit)


Pangratios Papacosta (Columbia College Chicago): Enriching Physics with its History and its Biography



Juan Navarro-Loidi (Euskal Herriko Unibersitatea): Teaching Physics in Absolutist Spain (1823-1833)


John Reid (University of Aberdeen): Introducing Patrick Copland: 18th century Professor, Mechanic and Educational Innovator


Isabel Malaquias (Universidade de Aveiro): Tracking the history of Gazeta de Física – ups and downs of the first Portuguese dissemination journal for physics students and teachers (1946-2006)


11:00 – 11:30 COFFEE BREAK
11:30 – 13:30 Plenary Lecture on History of EPS (Roberto Lalli)

Round Table History of EPS

(Salon Julio Caro Baroja)

13:30 – 15:00 LUNCH



Afternoon: 15:30 Buses to Bergara for the Celebrations of the town as European Historic Site of Physics with the presence of the Basque President and other local and regional authorities. Farewell dinner. Arrival back in Donostia/San Sebastian by 10pm.