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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


The aim of this group is to explore and enhance the interface between HPS and science. Although many of us in HPS engage closely with scientists and their practices, we could benefit from more explicit discussions about the relationship between HPS and science itself, and from more opportunities for HPS-scholars and scientists to help each other's work.

We meet on Fridays, 3.30–5.00pm in HPS Seminar Room 1. Further information, any reading materials, and links for online meetings will be distributed through the email list of the group. Please contact Hasok Chang (hc372) or Marta Halina (mh801) if you would like to be included on the list.

Michaelmas Term 2023

13 October, from 9.30am

Plenary speakers include Prof. Sir David Spiegelhalter, Prof. Sander van der Linden, Prof. Hasok Chang, Prof. Giles Yeo, and Dr Roland Roberts
The Role of Academia in Misinformation 2023: Building Resilience in Information Ecosystems

This is a one-day conference organised by BRIE2023 at Darwin College. More information about the conference and how to register can be found here.

27 October – Zoom meeting

Will Bridewell (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory) and Alistair Isaac (University of Edinburgh)
Model Validation with Ambiguous Target Phenomena

10 November

Nicholas J. Butterfield (Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge)
Disentangling Cause and Effect in Biological and Planetary Evolution

24 November

Ju Young Lee (Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics)
Constructive Empiricism in the Context of Human Brain Imaging