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 final conference


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)