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    Giovan Battista Della Porta's construction of pneumatic phenomena and his use of recipes as heuristic tools.Arianna Borrelli - 2020 - Centaurus 62 (3):406-424.
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    The case of the composite Higgs: The model as a “Rosetta stone” in contemporary high-energy physics.Arianna Borrelli - 2012 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 43 (3):195-214.
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    Model Landscapes in the Higgs Sector.Arianna Borrelli & Michael Stöltzner - 2013 - In Vassilios Karakostas & Dennis Dieks (eds.), EPSA11 Perspectives and Foundational Problems in Philosophy of Science. Cham: Springer. pp. 241--252.
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    The case of the composite Higgs: The model as a “Rosetta stone” in contemporary high-energy physics.Arianna Borrelli - 2012 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 43 (3):195-214.
    This paper analyses the practice of model-building “beyond the Standard Model” in contemporary high-energy physics and argues that its epistemic function can be grasped by regarding models as mediating between the phenomenology of the Standard Model and a number of “theoretical cores” of hybrid character, in which mathematical structures are combined with verbal narratives and analogies referring back to empirical results in other fields . Borrowing a metaphor from a physics research paper, model-building is likened to the search for a (...)
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    The Practice of Naturalness: A Historical-Philosophical Perspective.Arianna Borrelli & Elena Castellani - 2019 - Foundations of Physics 49 (9):860-878.
    No evidence of “new physics” was found so far by LHC experiments, and this situation has led some voices in the physics community to call for the abandonment of the “naturalness” criterion, while other scientists have felt the need to break a lance in its defense by claiming that, at least in some sense, it has already led to successes and therefore should not be dismissed too quickly, but rather only reflected or reshaped to fit new needs. In our paper (...)
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    The uses of isospin in early nuclear and particle physics.Arianna Borrelli - 2017 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 60:81-94.
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    The making of an intrinsic property: “Symmetry heuristics” in early particle physics.Arianna Borrelli - 2015 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 50:59-70.
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    Programm FAKE: Monte Carlo Eventgeneratoren als Werkzeug der Theorie in der frühen Hochenergiephysik.Arianna Borrelli - 2019 - NTM Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Wissenschaften, Technik und Medizin 27 (4):479-514.
    The term Monte Carlo method indicates any computer-aided procedure for numerical estimation that combines mathematical calculations with randomly generated numerical input values. Today it is an important tool in high energy physics while physicists and philosophers also often consider it a sort of virtual experiment. The Monte Carlo method was developed in the 1940s, in the context of U.S. American nuclear weapons research, an event often regarded as the origin of both computer simulation and “artificial reality” (Galison 1997). The present (...)
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    Computer Simulations Then and Now: an Introduction and Historical Reassessment.Arianna Borrelli & Janina Wellmann - 2019 - NTM Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Wissenschaften, Technik und Medizin 27 (4):407-417.
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    The emergence of selection rules and their encounter with group theory, 1913–1927.Arianna Borrelli - 2009 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 40 (4):327-337.
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    Between symmetry and asymmetry: spontaneous symmetry breaking as narrative knowing.Arianna Borrelli - 2019 - Synthese 198 (4):3919-3948.
    The paper presents a historical-epistemological analysis of the notion of “spontaneous symmetry breaking”, which I believe today provides a template for conceiving the relationship between symmetry and asymmetry in physics as well as in other areas of the natural sciences. The central thesis of the paper is that spontaneous symmetry breaking represents an instance of “narrative knowing” in the sense developed by recent research in history and philosophy of science (Morgan and Wise (eds) SI narrative in science, Studies in history (...)
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    Program FAKE: Monte Carlo Event Generators as Tools of Theory in Early High Energy Physics.Arianna Borrelli - 2019 - NTM Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Wissenschaften, Technik und Medizin 27 (4):479-514.
    The term Monte Carlo method indicates any computer-aided procedure for numerical estimation that combines mathematical calculations with randomly generated numerical input values. Today it is an important tool in high energy physics while physicists and philosophers also often consider it a sort of virtual experiment. The Monte Carlo method was developed in the 1940s, in the context of U.S. American nuclear weapons research, an event often regarded as the origin of both computer simulation and “artificial reality” (Galison 1997). The present (...)
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    The emergence of selection rules and their encounter with group theory, 1913–1927.Arianna Borrelli - 2009 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 40 (4):327-337.
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    The Optics of Giambattista Della Porta : A Reassessment.Yaakov Zik, Giora Hon & Arianna Borrelli (eds.) - 2017 - Springer Verlag.
    This volume contains essays that examine the optical works of Giambattista Della Porta, an Italian natural philosopher during the Scientific Revolution. Coverage also explores the science and technology of early modern optics. Della Porta's groundbreaking book, Magia Naturalis, includes a prototype of the camera. Yet, because of his obsession with magic, Della Porta's scientific achievements are often forgotten. As the contributors argue, his work inspired such great minds as Johanes Kepler and Francis Bacon. After reading this book, researchers, historians, and (...)
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  15. Optical Diagrams as “Paper Tools”: Della Porta’s Analysis of Biconvex Lenses from De refractione to De telescopio.Arianna Borrelli - 2017 - In Yaakov Zik, Giora Hon & Arianna Borrelli (eds.), The Optics of Giambattista Della Porta : A Reassessment. Springer Verlag.
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    Symmetry, beauty and belief in high-energy physics.Arianna Borrelli - 2017 - Approaching Religion 7 (2):22-36.
    This paper engages with the aesthetics of knowl-edge, both in its sense as the connection between knowledge and ‘aesthetic’ judgements of beauty, or ugliness, and of the many ‘aesthetic’ – that is to say sensually perceivable – dimensions of knowledge, which are always to be seen to be constituting an epistemic factor in its production and consumption. On the one hand I analyse how in recent decades the connection between beauty and truth has been systematically employed to both inspire and (...)
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    Constructing Strangeness: Exploratory Modeling and Concept Formation.Arianna Borrelli - 2021 - Perspectives on Science 29 (4):388-408.
    The notion of exploratory modeling constitutes a powerful heuristic tool for historical-epistemological analysis and especially for studying concept formation. I will show this by means of a case study from the history of particle physics: the formation of the concept of “strangeness” in the early 1950s at the interface of theory and experiment. Strangeness emerged from a broad space of possibilities opened up by exploratory modeling by authors working in communication and competition, and constructing both new questions and new answers. (...)
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  18. Introduction.Arianna Borrelli - 2017 - In Yaakov Zik, Giora Hon & Arianna Borrelli (eds.), The Optics of Giambattista Della Porta : A Reassessment. Springer Verlag.
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    Niels Bohr and the Quantum Atom: The Bohr Model of Atomic Structure 1913–1925.Arianna Borrelli - 2013 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 27 (2):222-224.
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    Rezension: Astrolabe and angels, epigrams and enigmas: from Regiomontanus' acrostic for Cardinal Bessarion to Piero della Francesca's Flagellation of Christ by David A. King.Arianna Borrelli - 2009 - Berichte Zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 32 (1):109-110.
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    Recent research on the aesthetics of knowledge in science and in religion.Arianna Borrelli & Alexandra Grieser - 2017 - Approaching Religion 7 (2):4-21.
    As an introduction to the case studies collected in the current special issue, this review article provides a brief, and by no means exhaustive, overview of research that proves to be relevant to the development of a concept of an aesthetics of knowledge in the academic study of religion and in science and technology studies. Finally, it briefly discusses recent work explicitly addressing the aesthetic entangle-ment of science and religion.
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    The Eye Stays in the Picture: Virtual Images in Early Modern and Modern Optics.Arianna Borrelli - 2024 - Perspectives on Science 32 (3):300-328.
    In optics, real images can be projected onto a screen, while virtual ones always remain behind mirrors. This apparently straightforward distinction is based on complex premises which emerged in the Early Modern period, and its development went hand in hand with a transformation of the notion of image, which became detached from sensual perception. In this article I will outline this historical process, and argue that the distinction between a real and virtual image still implies a reference to visual perception (...)
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    Aspects of the Astrolabe: ‘Architectonica ratio’ in Tenth- and Eleventh-Century Europe. [REVIEW]Arianna Borrelli - 2009 - Speculum 84 (4):1014-1016.
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    Christophe Eckes. Les groupes de Lie dans l'oeuvre de Hermann Weyl. 401 pp., illus., bibl., index. Nancy: Presses Universitaires de Nancy, 2013. €19. [REVIEW]Arianna Borrelli - 2015 - Isis 106 (2):487-488.
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    Einstein's Generation: The Origins of the Relativity Revolution. [REVIEW]Arianna Borrelli - 2010 - Isis 101:912-913.
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    EmilyHerring, Kevin MatthewJones, KonstantinKiprijanov, LauraSellers. The past, present, and future of integrated history and philosophy of science. London, England: Routledge, 2019, xiii+256 pp. ISBN: 9780815379850; 9781351214827. [REVIEW]Arianna Borrelli - 2020 - Centaurus 62 (3):579-581.
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    Finn Aaserud; Helge Kragh . One Hundred Years of the Bohr Atom: Proceedings from a Conference. 560 pp., illus., figs., index. Copenhagen: Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, 2015. $60. [REVIEW]Arianna Borrelli - 2016 - Isis 107 (3):671-672.
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    Haru Hamanaka, Erkenntnis und Bild. Wissenschaftsgeschichte der Lichtenbergischen Figuren um 1800, (Lichtenberg‐Studien 16) Göttingen: Wallstein 2015. [REVIEW]Arianna Borrelli - 2016 - Berichte Zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 39 (1):100-101.
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    Richard Staley. Einstein's Generation: The Origins of the Relativity Revolution. x + 494 pp., illus., bibl., index. Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press, 2008. $38. [REVIEW]Arianna Borrelli - 2010 - Isis 101 (4):912-913.
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