Event at Galileo Galilei Institute

Mini Workshop

Beyond the Standard Model: Historical-Critical Perspectives

Oct 13, 2019 - Oct 27, 2019


Ever since the Standard Model was established, there have been speculations about physics “beyond the Standard Model” (BSM), giving rise to a steady flow of models of “new physics” and letting the borders between high energy physics, astrophysics, and cosmology become increasingly permeable. So far, though, experiments failed to provide evidence for new physics, generating increasing talk of a “crisis” of these research programs, calling into question their premises, such as the principle of naturalness, or even questioning their scientific methodology. The workshop aims at approaching the present situation from a historical-critical perspective, contextualizing and questioning the developments of earlier decades, both to understand better their past and present scope, and to provide new material for reflections on contemporary physical research.


1. Supersymmetry and supergravity: motivations and developments
2. Formal analogies in/between particle physics, condensed matter physics, and cosmology
3. Impact of computer simulations in theoretical high-energy physics and cosmology
4. Analysis of the interplay between experimental results and BSM model-building

Tentative Schedule
1st week: running workshop
2nd week: running workshop and 1-day conference (see program below)


A. Blum (Max Planck Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin)
A. Borrelli (Centre for Advanced Study on Media Cultures of Computer Simulations (MECS), Leuphana University Lüneburg)
E. Castellani (DILEF- University of Florence)

Local organizer
Andrea Cappelli (INFN, Firenze)


Date Speaker Title Type Useful Links
Oct 16, 2019 - 11:00-13:00 Alex Blum Dispersion Theory as an Origin of BSM Physics Seminar
Oct 17, 2019 - 11:00-13:00 Pablo Ruiz De Olano Approximation Methods during the Early History of High-Energy Physics: the Cases of the Chew and the Nambu-Jona-Lasinio Models Seminar
Oct 17, 2019 - 15:00-17:00 Arianna Borrelli and Martin Warnke Switching on the Lights Inside the Black Box: How Computer Simulations Observe the Unobservable Seminar
Oct 18, 2019 - 11:00-13:00 Doreen Fraser and Milla Lifke (coordinators) Discussion on the role mathematics as a guide to theoretical physics Discussion
Oct 21, 2019 - 09:30-17:45 Conference day Public Conference
Oct 21, 2019 - 09:45-10:45 Jeroen van Dongen History and Philosophy of the Black Hole Information Paradox Talk
Oct 21, 2019 - 11:15-12:15 Sebastian de Haro A Conceptual Analysis of Black Hole Entropy in String Theory Talk Slides
Oct 21, 2019 - 14:15-15:15 Arianna Borrelli A Historical Critique of Symmetry's Success Story Talk Slides
Oct 21, 2019 - 15:45-16:45 Daniele Oriti Quantum Gravity: A Brief Review of the Past, a Selective Picture of the Present, a Glimpse of the Future Talk Slides
Oct 21, 2019 - 16:45-17:45 Francesco Bigazzi The Holographic Correspondence Talk Slides
Oct 23, 2019 - 11:00-13:00 Grigoris Panoutsopoulos, Radin Dardashti, Porter Williams Shifting strategies in experimental and theoretical HEP Round Table
Oct 24, 2019 - 11:00-13:00 Richard Dawid and Casey Mc Coy The debate on the scientificality of cosmic inflation in light of non-empirical theory assessment Seminar
Oct 25, 2019 - 11:00-13:00 Final discussion Discussion