Conference: Mathematics meets physics – General and local aspects/Mathematik und Physik in Wechselbeziehungen – Allgemeines und Lokales

Leipzig (Germany), March 22-25, 2010

To conclude the project “Interrelationships between mathematics and physics at the universities of Leipzig, Halle-Wittenberg and Jena from about 1830 to 1945” (directors: Hans Wussing, Menso Folkerts), the working group for the history of natural sciences and mathematics at the Saxonian Academy of Sciences in Leipzig (SAW) would like to invite you to this conference. Its aim is to capture and analyse the complex changes of this interrelationship in the 19th and the first half of the 20th century and to place them in a larger international context.


Monday, March 22, 2010

9.00 Introduction

Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer (President of the Saxonian Academy of Sciences): Welcome

Section 1: Allgemeine Entwicklungen / General developments

9.30 Jesper Lützen: Examples of and reflections on the interplay between mathematics and physics in the 19th and 20th century

10.30-11.00 Pause / break

11.00 Juraj Šebesta: Mathematics as one of the basic pillars of physical theory: historical and epistemological survey

12.00-14.00 Mittagspause / lunch break

14.00 Jan Lacki: From q-numbers to Hilbert spaces: The interplay of mathematics and physics in the rise of quantum mechanics

15.00 Arne Schirrmacher: Gute Gründe für und gegen eine Mathematisierung der Physik im ersten Drittel des 20. Jahrhunderts

16.00-16.30 Pause / break

Section 2: Lokale Kontexte / Local contexts

16.30 Karl-Heinz Schlote/ Martina Schneider: Zum Wechselverhältnis von Mathematik und Physik an den Universitäten Leipzig, Halle und Jena – ein Vergleich

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

9.00 Karin Reich: Die theoretische Physik an der Universität Hamburg in den Jahren 1921-1959

10.00 Jim Ritter: Geometry as physics: Oswald Veblen and the Princeton School in the 1920s

11.00-11.30 Pause/ break

11.30 Charlotte Bigg: Mathematics meets physics in early twentieth century Paris: the case of Brownian motion

12.30-14.30 Mittagspause/ lunch break

Section 3: Wissenschaftler / Scientists

14.30 Scott Walter: Henri Poincaré’s approach to microphysics 15.30 Tom Archibald: Poincaré and Saturn’s Rings: Equilibrium figures and the prestige of mathematics circa 1900

16.30-17.00 Pause/ break

17.00 Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze: Probability and statistics as connecting links between mathematics and physics: the approach of Richard von Mises in the 1920s

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

9.00 Tilman Sauer: Einsteins Verhältnis zur Mathematik 10.00 Erhard Scholz: Weyls Verständnis vom Verhältnis der Mathematik zur Physik

11.00-11.30 Pause/ break

Section 4: Entwicklung von Konzepten und Theorien / Development of concepts and theories

11.30 Friedrich Steinle: Die Verschränkung von Mathematik und Physik bei der Mathematisierung der Feldtheorie

12.30-14.30 Mittagspause / lunch break

14.30 Arianna Borrelli: Der Begriff von „Drehimpuls“ zwischen Mathematik und Physik

15.30-16.00 Pause / break

16.00 Klaus-Heinrich Peters: Mathematische und phänomenologische Strenge: Distributionen in Quantenmechanik und Quantenfeldtheorie

Thursday, March 25, 2010

9.00 Helge Kragh: The role of mathematics in the construction of the relativistic quantum mechanics

10.00 Christoph Lehner: The resolution of the particle-wave dualism: Pascual Jordan and the quantum field theory program

11.00-11.30 Pause / break

11.30 Podiumsdiskussion / Panel: On the interrelationship between mathematics and physics – continuities and discontinuities

13.00 Ende der Tagung / end of the conference

Venue: Karl-Tauchnitz-Str. 1, 04107 Leipzig, Germany

Registration: Admission is free. Please register until March 15th, 2010 by email to: [email protected]

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