The Fundamental Physical Constants: Knowledge and Measurement

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Symposium at the Philosophy of Science Association biennial meeting PSA 2020/2021

High-precision measurements of the fundamental physical constants show promise as a new source of insights regarding the nature of scientific knowledge. The consistent determination of dozens of fundamental constants, several at accuracies greater than one part in a billion, provides the most stringent tests of current physical theories. The remarkable success of this endeavor is the metrological community’s ability to maintain consistency across diverse physical systems and theories, while achieving steady improvement in standards of precision. Yet philosophers have not yet focused sufficient attention on this conception of empirical success, and the essential role determinations of constants play in scientific practice. This symposium aims to address this oversight, with five papers pursuing closely related lines of inquiry.
Period11 Nov 2021
Event typeSymposium
LocationBaltimore, United States
Degree of RecognitionInternational