[spsp-members] CfP: Workshop on The Gravitational Constant, from the Local to the Universal, St Andrews, UK, 20-21 April 2023.

Niels Martens martensniels at gmail.com
Wed Nov 23 09:49:48 UTC 2022

CfP: Workshop on *The Gravitational Constant, from the Local to the
Universal*, St Andrews, UK, 20-21 April 2023.

The workshop is part of *The Gravitational Constant, from the Local to the
Universal*, an interdisciplinary collaborative project between St Andrews
and the Lichtenberg Group for History and Philosophy of Physics, University
of Bonn (https://www.gravconstant.net/ ). The project brings perspectives
from transnational history, philosophy, mathematics and physics to bear on
the question of how the constant, *G,* was transformed from a controversial
innovation in the 1880s to an unquestioned fundamental constant of nature
by 1915. The aim of the workshop is to explore the wider context and foster
collaborations around emerging research questions.

The 2-day workshop will treat gravitation as a case study in a wider
context of interpretational moves at the turn of the 19th to 20th century
from the local to the universal that took place through:

   - measurement
   - circulation practices
   - ideas about the role of laws
   - translation

Each theme will start with an invited speaker who sets the scene; followed
by contributed papers; concluding with a discussion led by one of the
project team on where the specific case of gravitation fits into the
emerging context.

Invited speakers are:

   - Daniel Mitchell (Measurement)(IEEE History Center, Piscataway, NJ)
   - Richard Staley (Circulation Practices)(Cambridge and Copenhagen)
   - Bryan Roberts (Role of Laws)(London School of Economics)
   - Michael Gordin (Translation)(Princeton)

We invite contributed papers of 20 minutes that address one of the above
themes from a historical or philosophical standpoint.  Proposals should
include an abstract (c.250 words), state which theme they are addressing,
and give a brief biography of the speaker.

Proposals should be submitted to Isobel Falconer (ijf3 at st-andrews.ac.uk) by *15
December. * Decisions will be notified at the beginning of January.

We have funds to provide some support for early career scholars.
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