History and Foundations of Physics Reading Group (HoFoP)

HoFoP is an interdisciplinary group of students and faculty at Yale dedicated to exploring and discussing topics in the philosophy and history of physics, and of science more broadly.  We engage with foundational texts as well as with contemporary ideas and guest speakers.  Meetings are once a month.

Contact: Yarone Tokayer , Molly Watts, or Sebastian Fernandez-Mulligan

Faculty Advisor: Priya Natarajan

Spring 2024

Meeting 4.1 - February 21, 2024, “Unpacking Scientist Narratives and Community Sociology”. Kline Tower, rm. 401 @ 5:30pm

Readings: Traweek Ch.3 and (supplemental) Traweek Ch. 4

Co-sponsored by the Franke Program in Science and the Humanities.

Fall 2023

Meeting 3.3 - December 5, 2023, “COMPUTING WHAT CANNOT BE PREDICTED: Origins of Machine Learning as Subjective Decision Making”. Kline Tower, rm. 401 @ 5:30pm

Readings: 3.3 The reading for this session is a draft of work in progress by the guest. Please email either  Yarone Tokayer , Molly Watts, or Sebastian Fernandez-Mulligan for a copy

Meeting 3.2 - November 1, 2023, “Non-Empirical Theory Assessment in Theoretical Physics”. Kline Tower, rm. 501 @ 5:30pm

Readings: 3.2 Dawid (excerpt from String Theory and the Scientific Method) and Dawid (supplemental; background on  string theory).

Discussion guide

Co-sponsored by the Franke Program in Science and the Humanities.

Meeting 3.1 - September 26, 2023, “Replication in Science”. Humanities Quadrangle, rm. C65 @ 5:30pm

Readings: 3.1 Collins and Franklin.

Discussion Guide

Co-sponsored by the Franke Program in Science and the Humanities.