Program FAKE: Monte Carlo Event Generators as Tools of Theory in Early High Energy Physics

Historian of Science Arianna Borrelli (RWTH Aachen) will present an in-person talk and discussion on approximation methods in the context of her research on the history of the Monte Carlo Method in physics. To prepare for the discussion you might find it helpful to study her paper Program FAKE: Monte Carlo Event Generators as Tools of Theory in Early High Energy Physics.

This event is a part of the research colloquium organized by the HLRS Department of Philosophy of Computational Sciences.


Dr. Arianna Borrelli is a historian and philosopher of natural philosophy and modern science. Her overarching research interest is the relationship between scientific knowing and the strategies employed to mediate it, like words, images, formulas or code. Her fields of research include medieval cosmology, early modern meteorology, natural magic and quantum physics, with current work focusing on the historical-epistemological premises and implications of the increasing use of computational tools in science. She holds degrees in both physics and philosophy and a PhD and habilitation in history of science, the latter with the thesis: Formulating phenomena: concept formation and the materiality of theory in the early modern and modern period (TU Berlin 2018). Borrelli held research positions in physics (Rome, CERN) and in history and philosophy of science (MPIWG, Wuppertal, TU Berlin, Lüneburg). She is currently President-Elect of the Commission on History and Philosophy of Computing (HaPoC).

Dr. Arianna Borrelli's homepage at RWTH Aachen


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HLRS, University of Stuttgart
Nobelstraße 19
70569 Stuttgart, Germany
Room 1.453 (Berkeley+Shanghai)
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Start date

May 12, 2023

End date

May 12, 2023

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