Producing Novelty & Securing Credibility in LHC Experiments

Co-PI of the project: Prof. Peter Mättig, Physics Department, Univ. Bonn.

This project is one of six individual projects that cooperate closely within the DFG/FWF Research Unit “The Epistemology of the Large Hadron Collider”, established in 2016. The Research Unit’s main objective is to analyse the scientific practice of experiments that are currently conducted at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, CERN, in Geneva. The Research Unit has forged a unique cooperation between physicists, philosophers, historians, and social scientists with the aim of collectively investigating how physicists produce knowledge in LHC experiments. The present project, which investigates these experiments from the perspective of social studies of science, is benefiting greatly from this interdisciplinary setting.

In the last decades, experiments in particle physics have undergone dramatic changes toward increasing centralisation, size, and complexity. This project is motivated by the thesis that these changes have induced important transformations in work organisation and thus affect how, and under which conditions, physicists produce knowledge. In this context, the project raises two important questions: (1) how do scientists go about generating new results and (2) what do they do to ensure that these results are reliable and credible?

Schlagworte: social construction of scientific knowledge, particle physics, credibility, innovation, creativity
Kurztitel: Novelty & Credibility in LHC Experiments
Zeitraum: 01.10.2020 - 30.09.2023
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Projekttyp Forschungsförderung (auf Antrag oder Ausschreibung)
Förderungstyp §26
  • Grundlagenforschung
  • 603124 - Wissenschaftstheorie
  • 509017 - Wissenschaftsforschung
  • Humans in the Digital Age
Genderrelevanz Genderrelevanz nicht ausgewählt
  • Science to Science (Qualitätsindikator: I)
Arbeitsgruppen Keine Arbeitsgruppe ausgewählt


Organisation Adresse
Universität Bonn
Regina-Pacis-Weg 3
53113 Bonn
Regina-Pacis-Weg 3
DE - 53113  Bonn
Bergische Universität Wuppertal
Gaußstraße 20
42119 Wuppertal
Gaußstraße 20
DE - 42119  Wuppertal
TU Berlin
Straße des 17. Juni 135
10587 Berlin
Straße des 17. Juni 135
DE - 10587  Berlin
University of South Carolina
Vereinigte St. v. Amerika
RWTH Aachen
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Templergraben 55
DE - 52062  Aachen
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Postfach 3640
76021 Karlsruhe
  +49 721 608-0
Postfach 3640
DE - 76021  Karlsruhe