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Dr. Adrian Wüthrich

Technische Universität Berlin
Institut für Philosophie, Literatur-, Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte
Room H 2534 / Sekr. H 23
Straße des 17. Juni 135
10623 Berlin

Tel.: +49 30 314 24069
E-mail: adrian.wuethrich[at]tu-berlin.de [1]

Stable address of this website: http://www.tu-berlin.de/?id=133444 [2] (i.e. TU Berlin, quick access 133444)

Office Hours: by appointment.

Employment relationship: Research and Teaching Associate (History of Science)

Specific research interest: history and philosophy of quantum mechanics, quantum field theory and elementary particle physics

Short Vita

Publications

Teaching

Short Vita

  • since 2016: Leader of the subproject A1 within the research unit The Epistemology of the Large Hadron Collider [3]
  • Aug. 2015/16 - March 2016/17: visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science [4], funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation [5] (Project-Nr. 145409 [6])
  • Okt. 2014-March 2015: visiting researcher at the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science [7] (London School of Economics and Political Science), funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (Project-Nr. 145409)
  • Since Nov. 2012: research and teaching associate at the Institute for Philosophy, Literature, History of Science and Technology, specifically at the Chair for the History of Science
  • Sept. 2011- April 2012: Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science [8] (University of Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 2011: Henry-E.-Sigerist-Prize [9] for the promotion of young scholars in the history of medicine and science 
  • June 2010 - April 2013: PostDoc at the University Bern, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (Project-Nr. 105211-129730 [10])
  • 2009: Doctorate (Dr. phil.-nat.) in the Philosophy and History of Science (University Bern) with the thesis "Feynman's Struggle and Dyson's Surprise", dissertation project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (Project-Nr. 100011-113589) [11]
  • April - Aug. 2007: visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
  • 2005: Diploma in theoretical physics (University Bern) with the thesis "Dalitz Plots and Hadron Spectroscopy"
  • 2003: Diploma in philosophy (University Bern) with the thesis "Quantum Correlations and Common Causes"
  • 1999 - 2009: fellow of the Swiss Study Foundation [12]

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Publications

Monographs

  • 2010: The Genesis of Feynman Diagrams. Archimedes Series (ed. Jed Z. Buchwald). Dordrecht: Springer. http://www.springer.com/physics/book/978-90-481-9227-4 [14]

  • 2004: Quantum Correlations and Common Causes---An Analysis of the Assumptions of Bell's Theorem [15], Bern: Bern Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science.

Original Articles in Scientific Journals

  • 2017: "Discovering and “rediscovering” the W boson" in: Annalen der Physik, vol. 529, p. 1700101. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/andp.201700101/abstract [16]
  • 2017: "The Higgs Discovery as a Diagnostic Causal Inference" in: Synthese. Volume 194, Issue 2, pp. 461–476. doi: 10.1007/s11229-015-0941-8 [17]. Accepted manuscript version [18]
  • 2014: "Local Acausality" in: Foundations of Physics. Volume 44, Issue 6, pp. 594-609. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10701-014-9796-y [19] Postprint version [20] (with notice of erratum added May 27, 2014)

  • 2013: "Against the impossible picture: Feynman's heuristics in his search for a divergence-free quantum electrodynamics" in: Physics and Philosophy. Available at http://hdl.handle.net/2003/29919 [21]. Date accessed: 25 Feb. 2013. Preprint (2011): http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/8474/ [22]

  • 2012: "Eating Goldstone bosons in a phase transition: A critical review of Lyre's analysis of the Higgs mechanism" in: Journal for General Philosophy of Science, Volume 43, Issue 2, pp. 281-287. DOI: 10.1007/s10838-012-9201-5. [23] Preprint (2010, 2012): http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/9384/ [24]

  • 2012, "Interpreting Feynman Diagrams as Visual Models" in: Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science. Available at: <http://spontaneousgenerations.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/SpontaneousGenerations/article/view/16131>. [25] Date accessed: 10 Oct. 2012

  • 2007: Samuel Portmann und A.W., "Minimal Assumption Derivation of a weak Clauser-Horne Inequality", Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 38 (2007), pp. 844-862 [26]. Earlier version as a preprint: quant-ph/0604216 [27]

  • 2005: Gerd Graßhoff, Samuel Portmann, A.W., "Minimal Assumption Derivation of a Bell-type Inequality", British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 56 (2005), pp. 663-680 [28], preprint: quant-ph/0312176 [29]

Articles in Collected Volumes

  • 2016: "Heisenberg's Umdeutung: A case for a (quantum-)dialogue between history and philosophy of science". In: The philosophy of historical case studies [30]. Ed. by Tilman Sauer and Raphael Scholl. Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science. Springer

  • 2013: "Feynman’s Struggle and Dyson’s Surprise: The Development and Early Application of a New Means of Representation". [31] In: Traditions and Transformations in the History of Quantum Physics. Ed. by Shaul Katzir, Christoph Lehner, Jürgen Renn. Max Planck Research Library for the History and Development of Knowledge. Berlin: Edition Open Access [32]
  • 2013: “Locality, Causality, and Realism in the Derivation of Bell’s Inequality”. In:New Vistas on Old Problems: Recent Approaches to the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics [33]. Ed. by T. Sauer and A. Wüthrich. Max Planck Research Library for the History and Development of Knowledge. Berlin: Edition Open Access [34]
  • 2012: "Zur Anwendung und Interpretation der Feynman-Diagramme", Kapitel 11 in: Philosophie der Physik [35]. Hg. Michael Esfeld. Berlin: Suhrkamp

  • 2012: „Methoden des Nachweises von Elementarteilchen: Die (Wieder-)Entdeckung des W-Bosons 1983 und 2010". In: MetaATLAS: [36] Studien zur Generierung, Validierung und Kommunikation von Wissen in einer modernen Forschungskollaboration. Hg. G. Grasshoff und A. Wüthrich. Bern: Bern Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science
  • 2010: Gerd Graßhoff und A.W., "Bell-type Inequalities from Separate Common Causes." In EPSA Philosophical Issues in the Sciences. Launch of the European Philosophy of [37] [38]Science Association [39]. [40] Eds. M. Suárez, M. Dorato and M. Rédei. Dordrecht: Springer. Preprint (2008): http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/archive/00003807/ [41].

Editor

  • 2013: Tilman Sauer und A.W., New Vistas on Old Problems: Recent Approaches to the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics [42]. Max Planck Research Library for the History and Development of Knowledge. Berlin: Edition Open Access

  • 2012: Gerd Graßhoff und A.W. MetaATLAS: [43] Studien zur Generierung, Validierung und Kommunikation von Wissen in einer modernen Forschungskollaboration. Bern: Bern Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science

Reviews

  • 2016: "The Quantum Dissidents. Rebuilding the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics (1950-1990). Olival Freire Junior" [44] in Isis, 107(2), pp. 446-447

  • 2013: "The Birth of String Theory. A. Capelli, E. Castellani, F. Colomo, P. Di Vecchia (Editors)" [45] in: Isis, 104(3), pp. 639-640

  • 2013: "John S. Bell: Sechs mögliche Welten der Quantenmechanik" [46] in: Physik Journal, 12(2), p. 46

  • 2007: "Drawing Theories Apart: The Dispersion of Feynman Diagrams in Postwar Physics. David Kaiser", Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 38 (2007), pp. 586-589 [47]

Miscellaneous

  • 2012: "Early Quantum Electrodynamics (QED)". In: QED 2012 - QED & Quantum Vacuum, Low Energy Frontier. Hg. R. Battesti et al.,  http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/iesc/2012qed01001 [48]

  • 2012: "History and Philosophy of Feynman Diagrams". In: QED 2012 - QED & Quantum Vacuum, Low Energy Frontier. Hg. R. Battesti et al., http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/iesc/2012qed01002 [49]

  • 2005: "Dalitz Plots and Hadron Spectroscopy", hep-ph/0507058 [50]

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Teaching

at the TU Berlin

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  • Geschichte und Theorie wissenschaftlicher Entdeckungen [52] (Winter 17/18)
  • Einführung in die Arbeitsmethoden der Wissenschaftsgeschichte (Sommer 2017, Winter 17/18 [53])
  • Historiographie rezenter Wissenschaft [54] (Sommer 2017)
  • Digitale Wissenschaftsgeschichte [55] (PS/SE, LV-Nr. 3131 L 114, Sommer 2016)
  • Wissenschaftshistorische Fallstudien und wissenschaftsphilosophische Probleme [56] (HS/SE, LV-Nr. 3131 L 134, Sommer 2016)
  • Temperaturmessung und andere Anfänge und Enden von Experimenten [57] (PS/SE, LV-Nr. 3131 L 114, Sommer 2015)
  • Einstein und die Gravitation [58] (HS/SE, LV-Nr. 3131L135, Sommer 2015)
  • Entwicklung und Funktion visueller Repräsentationsmittel in den Naturwissenschaften [59] (PS, LV-Nr. 3130L313, Sommer 2014)
  • Arbeiten mit Nachlässen aus dem Archiv der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft [60] (zusammen mit Kristina Starkloff, HS, LV-Nr. 3130L332, Sommer 2014)
  • Von "summetria" bis Gruppenpest: Ausgewählte Episoden der Geschichte des Symmetriebegriffs [61] (Hauptseminar, Winter 13/14)

  • Einführung in die Wissenschaftsgeschichte [62] (Proseminar, Winter 13/14)
  • Quanten-Dialoge: Ein besonderer Blick auf die Entwicklung der "Kopenhagen-Interpretation" [63] (Proseminar, Sommer 2013)

  • Die Verbindung von Wissenschaftsgeschichte und Wissenschaftsphilosophie [64] (Hauptseminar, Sommer 2013)

  • Geschichte der modernen Teilchenphysik (Proseminar, Winter 12/13)

at the Universität Bern (URLs are no longer accessible)

  • Essaytutorium "Albert Einstein" (2011, zur Vorlesung von Tilman Sauer) [65]

  • Einführung in die Philosophie der Quantenmechanik (2010) [66]

  • Geschichte der Teilchenphysik (2010) [67]

  • Kausalität und kausales Schliessen (2009) [68]

  • Paradoxa (2008) [69]

  • Entdeckung und Rechtfertigung (2006/07) [70]

  • Repräsentationsmittel, Symbolismen (2006) [71]

  • Bellsche Ungleichung und Quantenrealität (2006) [72]

  • Übungsgruppe Exakte Wissenschaften [73] zum Einführungskurs "Wissenschaftstheorie und Wissenschaftsgeschichte" (2004, 2005/06, 2007/08)

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