Massimiliano Badino

Professional Profile

I am an historian and philosopher of science striving to reach the innermost essence of the conceptual, social, and cultural development of mathematical physics from Newton to the present. Or at least a decent cup of tea.

Contact

Phone: +39 045-8028459
Address: Office 2.09
Dept. of Human Sciences
University of Verona
Via San Francesco 22
37129 Verona, Italy
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Education

University of Genoa

PhD in Philosophy of Science

Mar 2000 - May 2004
  • Supervisor: Evandro Agazzi
  • Dissertation title: I due problemi fondamentali della meccanica statistica
  • Qualification: with honors

University of Genoa

MA in Philosophy

Nov 1993 - Dec 1998
  • Supervisor: Evandro Agazzi
  • Dissertation title: L'epistemologia di Planck nel suo contesto storico
  • Qualification: with honors and right to be published

Work Experience

University of Verona

Assistant Professor

Feb 2018 - Present
  • Department of Human Sciences
  • Teaching and Research Position
  • AOC: Logic, Philosophy of Science, Epistemology
  • AOS: History and Philosophy of Science

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow

Nov 2014 - Oct 2017
  • Research position
  • Mentors: David Kaiser and Agustí Nieto-Galan
  • Project management responsibility

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Jul 2012 - Jun 2014
  • Research position
  • Organizational responsibility

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Dec 2011 - Jun 2012
  • Research position

Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Jan 2010 - Nov 2011
  • Research position
  • Cooperation with workings scientists

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Jan 2007 - Dec 2009
  • Research position
  • Mentor: Jürgen Renn

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Visiting Scholar

Jun 2005 - Dec 2006
  • Visiting position

Languages

Italian

(Native proficiency),

English

(Full professional proficiency),

German

(Professional working proficiency),

Spanish

(Limited working proficiency),

Catalan

(Limited working proficiency),

French

(Elementary proficiency)

Teaching

Philosophy of Biology and Bioethics (M-FIL/03)

University of Verona, Department of Biotechnology

2019 - Present
  • Bachelor Course

Logic (M-FIL/02)

University of Verona, Department of Philosophy

2018 - Present
  • Bachelor Course (Philosophy)
  • Description, ILO, and Syllabus can be downloaded here

Foundations of Logic (L-FIL-Let/12)

Universities of Verona and Padua

2018 - Present
  • Bachelor Course (Educational Sciences)
  • Description, ILO, and Syllabus can be downloaded here

Kaufman Teaching Certificate

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jun 2015

Teaching program consisting of a series of dedicated workshops oriented to improve and enlarge teaching skills at university level:

  • Introduction to Research on How People Learn
  • Designing a Course and Constructing a Syllabus
  • Constructing Effective Problem Sets and Exam Questions
  • Planning and Facilitating a Class Session
  • Interactive Teaching and Active Learning
  • Teaching Inclusively
  • Enhancing Learning with Educational Technology Developing a Teaching
  • Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement

Research and Pedagogy: Textbooks and the History of Quantum Physics (FISC27)

Universitade Federal da Bahia

Aug 2014
  • PhD Course
  • Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ensino Filosofia e História das Ciências

Theories of Scientific Explanation (M-FIL/02)

University of Genoa

Apr 2011
  • Seminar BA Course
  • Philosophy of Science

Methodology of Science and Technology Studies (M-FIL/02)

University of Genoa

Mar 2009
  • Seminar MA Course
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Sociology of Science
  • Cultural Studies of Science

Theses Supervision

BA Theses

  • Silvia Mazzoccoli, Thesis title: "Dalla Crescita Quantitativa a Quella Qualitativa. Concetti e Problemi dell'Antropocene", discussed on April 2, 2019 (Thesis evaluation: 8/10 points; Final evaluation 102/110 points)

MA Theses

  • Martina Faccini, Thesis title: "Imparare a pensare. Un progetto di service learning per lo sviluppo del pensiero critico nella scuola primaria", discussed on July 5, 2019 (Thesis evaluation: 6/6 points; Final evaluation 110/110 cum laude)

PhD Supervision

Candidate: Leyla Mariane Joaquim

Universitade Federal da Bahia

29 Aug 2014
  • Dissertation title: Disciplinary Encounters. When Physics Meets Biology: Some Historical and Contemporary Perspective.
  • Result: with honors.

Professional Services

University Services

  • Vice-prevost for University placement
  • President of the Commission for the Research Quality (Department of Human Sciences, University of Verona)
  • Coordinator of the Departmental Interdisciplinary Action Research Ethics (Department of Human Sciences, University of Verona)

Journal Boards Memberships

  • Editorial Board Member of European Physical Journal H - Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Physics (2018-present)
  • Scientific Board Member of Organon (2017-present)
  • Advisory Editor of Isis (2015-2017)

Publisher Boards Memberships

  • Co-Editor of the series History of Modern Science, Brill.
  • Co-Editor of the series Edition Open Sources, EOA, Berlin.
  • Scientific Board Member of the series Studies and Sources in Political Epistemology, Edizioni Ca' Foscari, Venice.
  • Editor of the series Meccanismi, Edizioni Melquiades, Milan.

Manuscripts Refereeing

  • Epistemologia
  • Physis
  • Isis
  • Journal of Philosophy
  • Foundations of Physics – Letters
  • Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
  • European Physical Journal H
  • Physics Today
  • European Journal for Philosophy of Science
  • Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
  • European Journal of Physics
  • Foundations of Science
  • British Journal for the History of Science
  • Archive of History of Exact Sciences
  • Theoria
  • HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science
  • Physics in Perspective

Book Submissions Refereeing

  • Boston Studies in Philosophy of Science
  • Oxford University Press
  • University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Pavia University Press

Research Projects Refereeing

  • Expert reviewer of research proposal for the National Science Foundations (USA)
  • Expert reviewer of international research proposals for the National Center of Science and Technology Evaluation, Kazakhstan.
  • Member of the selection committee of special issues of Centaurus.

Symposia Organized

  • Mathematical Laboratory / Paper Physics: Concepts, Pedagogy, and Methods of Mathematical Physics, HSS annual meeting, Chicago, IL, November 6-9, 2014.
  • Circulating Theoretical Physics: Scientific Exchanges between Europe, US, and Latin America, Three Societies Meeting, Philadelphia, July, 11-14, 2012.
  • Crossing Borders in Quantum Physics, 4th Conference of the European Society for the History of Science, Barcelona, November 18-20, 2010.
  • Research and Pedagogy. A History of Quantum Physics through its Textbooks I and II (with Jaume Navarro), HSS annual meeting, Phoenix, AZ November 19-21, 2009.

Conferences Organized

  • Joint 3rd International Conference on the History of Physics under the auspices of the European Physical Society and 4th Early-Career Conference for Historians in the Physical Sciences of the American Institute of Physics, San Sebastian, October 17-21, 2018.
  • Science as Cultural Hegemony – Gramscian Concepts for the History of Science, Barcelona, January 21-23, 2014.
  • History of Quantum Physics (HQ3), Berlin June 28-July 2, 2010.

Society Memberships

  • European Society of the History of Science
  • Societá italiana di logica e filosofia della scienza

Honors, Grants and Fundings

Piano Orientamento e Tutorato (POT)

Italian Ministry of Education

March 2019 - present
  • Network coordinator of a multi-year plan for students orientation and tutoring
  • Network: Universities of Verona, Urbino, Cagliari, Bologna, and Macerata
  • Total budget: 143,000 euros

Italian National Abilitation

Italian Ministry of Education

Apr 2018
  • Abilitation as associate professor
  • Class 11/c2 (history and philosophy of science)

Research Professorship

Ikerbasque Foundation

Dec 2016

Position cancelled for administrative reasons

Marie Skłodowska-Curie International Outgoing Fellowship

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Dec 2013

Evaluation: 98/100

Award for Dissertations in History of Physics

Accademia Nazionale delle Scienze detta dei XL

Apr 1999

Outreach

Articles

  • M. Badino, 2005, “L’Universo: finito, infinito o…?”, KOS, 3, 50–55.
  • M. Badino, 2003, "Verso una teoria del tutto?", Golem L'Indispensabile, 3, Federico Motta Editore.

Other Initiatives

  • I am collaborating with the publisher Castelvecchi to produce a series of collections of writings of Max Planck for a broad audience
  • Popular lectures at the Genoa Science Festival.

Research Projects

Ethics, Knowledge, Power: Ethico-Political Issues in the Production of Scientific Knowledge

July 2018 - Present
  • Description: Part of the Departmental Interdisciplinary Actions
  • Funded: Department of Human Sciences, University of Verona
  • Position: Principal Investigator

Science, Cultural Hegemony, and Civil Society: Gramscian Concepts for the History of Science

2014 - Present
  • Description: International Project of the UAB and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
  • Funded: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and CEHIC
  • Position: Principal Investigator (with Pietro D. Omodeo)
  • Details here

Order/Chaos: Genealogy of Two Concepts in the Culture of European Mathematical Physics

Nov 2014 - Oct 2017
  • Description: International Outgoing Fellowship at UAB and MIT
  • Funded: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Grant no. PIOF-GA-2013-623536
  • Position: Principal Investigator
  • Details here

Probability in Quantum and Statistical Mechanics

2011 - 2014
  • Description: German-Israeli collaboration between the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, the Department of Philosophy of Jerusalem, and the Department of Philosophy of Haifa
  • Funded: German-Israeli Foundation, Grant no. I-1054-112.4/2009
  • Position: Research Associate
  • Details here

Research and Pedagogy: A History of Quantum Physics Through its Textbooks

2009 - 2013
  • Description: International Project of a network of European and American Universities
  • Funded: Max Planck Society
  • Position: Principal Investigator (with Jaume Navarro)
  • Details here

History and Foundations of Quantum Physics

2006 - 2012
  • Description: International Project of a network of European and American Universities
  • Funded: Strategic Funds of the President of the Max Planck Society
  • Position: Research Associate
  • Details here

Research Interests

  • History and philosophy of modern physics, in particular quantum theory, classical mechanics, statistical mechanics, celestial mechanics, chaos theory
  • Scientific realism
  • Concept dynamics and theory change
  • History and philosophy of scientific practices
  • Political epistemology
  • Theories of scientific explanation
  • Order and chaos in mechanics from the Enlightenment

ERC Sectors: SH4-13; SH3-13; SH6-13

 

Journal Articles

M. Badino and G. Ienna, 2020, "Whereof One Must Be Silent, One Can Speak: Logic, Epistemology and the Taken-for-Grantedness", European Journal of Social Theory, forthcoming.

M. Badino 2019, "Schooling the Quantum Generations: Textbooks and Quantum Cultures from 1900 to 1930s", Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte, forthcoming.

M. Badino, 2018, “The Discreet Charm of Ontology”, Isis, 109 (1) 102-105. 

M. Badino, 2018, “And Yet It Stands: The Stability of the Solar System in Eighteenth Century Physical Astronomy”, Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, 48 (2) 123-179.

M. Badino, 2017, “Using, Abusing, and Perusing the Past”, Isis, 108 (4) 836-840.

M. Badino, 2017, “What Have Historians of Quantum Physics Ever Done for Us?”, Centaurus, 58 (4) 327-346. 

M. Badino, 2016, “La strana storia della termodinamica relativistica”, Giornale di Astronomia, 42 (4) 12-17.

M. Badino, 2014 “Bridging Conceptual Gaps: The Kolmogorov-Sinai Entropy”, Isonomia, April.

M. Badino and B. Friedrich, 2013, “Much Polyphony but Little Harmony: Otto Sackur’s Early Take on the Quantum Theory of Gases”, Physics in Perspective, 15 (3) 295-319.

M. Badino, 2012, “Productive Conservatism: Planck’s Second Theory of Radiation”, Annalen der Physik, 524 (2) A29-A31.

M. Badino, 2011, “Mechanistic Slumber vs. Statistical Insomnia: The Early Phase of Boltzmann’s H-theorem (1868-1877)”, European Physical Journal - H, 36 (3) 353-378.

M. Badino, 2009, “The Odd Couple: Boltzmann, Planck and the Application of Statistics to Physics (1900-1913)”, Annalen der Physik, 18 (2-3) 81-101. 

M. Badino, 2006, “Pensare l’incerto: la concezione suppesiana della probabilità fra invarianza e pluralismo”, Epistemologia , 29, 291-322.

M. Badino, 2006, “The Foundational Role of Ergodic Theory”, Foundations of Science, 11, 4, 323-347.

M. Badino, 2005, “Il contributo di Khinchin al problema ergodico”, Physis, 42, 2, 481-499.

M. Badino, 2004, “An Application of Information Theory to the Problem of  Scientific Experiment”, Synthese, 140 (3) 355–389.

M. Badino and N. Robotti, 2001, “Max Planck and the Constants of Nature”, Annals of Science, 58, 137–162.

M. Badino, 2001, “La relazione fra filosofia e storia della scienza e il caso di Max Planck”, Epistemologia, 24, 301–338.

Book Chapters

M. Badino 2020, "Of Counting and Weightening: Statistics and Ontology in the Old Quantum Theory", in O. Freire et al. (Eds), Oxford Handbook of the History of Interpretations and Foundations of Quantum Mechanics, (Oxford: Oxford University Press), forthcoming.

M. Badino and J. Navarro, 2018, “Ether: The Many Lives of a Resilient Concept”, in J. Navarro (ed.) Ether and Modernity, (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 1-13.

M. Badino, 2018, "Max Planck e la pratica della fisica", in M. Badino (ed.) Max Planck: L'immagine della scienza. Saggi sulla fisica moderna (Rome: Castelvecchi), 5-18.

M. Badino, 2018, “How Typical: The Structure of the Typicality Explanation”, in V. Allori (ed.) Statistical Mechanics and Scientific Explanation: Determinism, Indeterminism and Laws of Nature (Singapore: World Scientific Publishing), forthcoming.

M. Badino, 2016, “How to Make Selective Realism More Selective (and More Realist Too)”, in PSA2016, 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association - Conference Volume, 13-33.

M. Badino,  2016, “Typicality in Statistical Mechanics: An Epistemological Approach”, in L. Felline, A. Ledda, F. Paoli, E. Rossanese (eds.), New Directions in Logic and the Philosophy of Science, (London: College Publications), 233-243.

M. Badino, 2014, “The strange equation of Dr. Sackur and Mr. Tetrode”, in E.R.A.C. Giannetto, S. Ricciardo, E. Antonello, M. Mazzoni (eds.), Cielo Terra. Fisica e Astronomia un antico legame, (Rome: Aracne), 191-197.

M. Badino, 2013, "Lottando contro la corrente del tempo. Un lettura delle Lezioni sulla teoria dei gas" in Ludwig Boltzmann: Lezioni sulla teoria del gas, (Milan: Edizioni Melquiades), 11-49.

M. Badino and J. Navarro, 2013, “Pedagogy and Research. Notes for a Historical Epistemology of Science Education”, in M. Badino, J. Navarro (eds.), Research and Pedagogy: A History of Quantum Physics through its Textbooks, (Berlin: Edition Open Access), 7-30.

M. Badino, 2013, “Dissolving the Boundaries between Research and Pedagogy: Otto Sackur’s Lehrbuch der Thermochemie und Thermodynamik”, in M. Badino, J. Navarro (eds.), Research and Pedagogy: A History of Quantum Physics through its Textbooks, (Berlin: Edition Open Access), 103-127.

M. Badino and B. Friedrich, 2013, “Putting the Quantum to Work: Otto Sackur’s Pioneering Exploits in the Quantum Theory of Gases”, in S. Katzir, C. Lehner, J. Renn (eds.), Traditions and Transformations in the History of Quantum Physics, (Berlin: Edition Open Access), 61-85.

M. Badino, 2010, “Das Verfolgen einer Idee: Plancks Theorie idealer Gase”, in D. Hoffmann (ed.), Max Planck und die moderne Physik, (Berlin: Springer), 135-148.

M. Badino, 2008, Postscript to the entry “Ludwig Boltzmann”, New Dictionary of Scientific Biographies, 28 vols., (Detroit: Charles Scribner’s Sons), vol. 1, 337-339.

M. Badino and N. Robotti, 2000, “The Search for Universal Constants and the Birth of Quantum Mechanics”, in C. Garola, A. Rossi (eds.), Foundations of Quantum Mechanics: Historical Analysis and Open Questions, (Singapore: World Scientific Publishing), 343–353.

M. Badino and N. Robotti, 1998, “L’origine della costante h”, Proceedings of XVIII Congresso Nazionale di Storia della Fisica e dell’Astronomia.

Edited Books

M. Badino (ed.), 2018, Max Planck, L'immagine della scienza: Saggi sulla fisica moderna, (Rome: Castelvecchi).

M. Badino and P. D. Omodeo (eds.), 2018, Cultural Hegemony in a Scientific World: Gramscian Concepts for the History of Science (Amsterdam: Brill), forthcoming.

M. Badino and J. Navarro (eds.), 2013, Research and Pedagogy: A History of Quantum Physics through its Textbooks (Berlin: Edition Open Access).

Books

M. Badino, 2015, The Bumpy Road: Max Planck from Radiation Theory to the Quantum (1896-1906) (New York: Springer).

M. Badino, 2010, Il professore e il suo demone. La lunga lotta di Max Planck contro la statistica (Milan: Edizioni Melquiades).

M. Badino, 2000, L’epistemologia di Planck nel suo contesto storico (Naples: Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane).

Translations

Ludwig Boltzmann, Lezioni sulla teoria dei gas (translation and editing of Boltzmann’s Vorlesungen über Gastheorie) (Milan: Edizioni Melquiades, 2013).

James Clerk Maxwell, Trattato elementare di elettricitá, (translation from English of Maxwell’s An Elementary Treatise on Electricity) (Milan: Edizioni Melquiades, 2010).

Ludwig Boltzmann, Fisica e probabilità, (Boltzmann’s papers of 1872 and 1877 translated from German with introduction, notes and mathematical appendixes) (Milan: Edizioni Melquiades, 2005).

Books Reviews

M. Badino, 2016, “John Heilbron, Physics: A Short History from Quintessence to Quarks”, British Journal for the History of Science, 49, 3, 474-476.

M. Badino, 2015, “Albert Einstein. The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein Volume 12: The Berlin Years: Correspondence, January-December 1921; Volume 13: The Berlin Years: Writings & Correspondence, January 1922-March 1923”, Isis, 106, 1, 209-211.

M. Badino, 2007, “Frederich Steinle, Explorative Experimente. Ampere, Faraday und die Ursprünge der Elektrodynamik”, Isis, 98, 4, 857-858.

Lectures (Invited)

"La struttura e il soggetto: Planck, il quanto e la tradizione della fisica moderna", 105th Conference of the Italian Physics Society, L'Aquila, September 24, 2019

"The Ottos: The Concept of Entropy from Sackur to Stern", Celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the Stern-Gerlach Experiment, University of Frankfurt, September 2, 2019

"Whereof One Must Be Silent, One Can Speak: Logic, Epistemology and the Taken-for-Grantedness" (with Gerardo Ienna), What is Done When Nothing Special is Being Done: Social Theory and the Power of the Unmarked, La Sapienza University, March 5, 2019

"An Unintentional Consequence: The Quantum in the Framework of the 19th Century Physics", American Physical Society Spring Meeting, Los Angeles, March 6, 2018.

“From Here to Eternity: Culture, Mathematical Practices, and the Emergence of Order in 18th Century Celestial Mechanics”, Stevin Center for the History of Science and Humanities, March 22, 2017.

“And Yet It Stays: The Stability of the Solar System in 18th Century Physical Astronomy”, Harvard PhunDay, Cambridge, MA, October 29, 2016.

“What Have the Historians of Quantum Physics Ever Done for Us?”, Keynote Lecture, European Society for the History of Science Meeting, Prague, September 23, 2016.

“The T-word: Reflections on the Historiography of Theories”, Inter-University Center Annual Meeting, Dubrovnik, April 13-17, 2015.

“Research and Pedagogy: Textbooks and the History of Quantum Physics”, Universitade Federal da Bahia, August 2014.

“How Theories Begin: Max Planck and the Genesis of Quantum Theory”, Lectio Commandiniana, Urbino, April 23, 2013.

“L’entropia di Kolmogorov-Sinai e le sue conseguenze per il caos e la teoria dell’informazione”, XV Summer School in Philosophy of Physics, Cesena, September 19-24, 2012.

“Pursuing an Idea: Planck’s Quantum Theory of Ideal Gas”, Planck-Symposium auf der Frühjahrtagung der Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, Berlin, February 28, 2008.

“Il corifeo della fisica classica. L’avventura scientifica di Ludwig Boltzmann”, The Revolution in Microphysics: 100 years of the death of Ludwig Boltzmann, Florence, September 5, 2006.

Talks

"Structure or Agent: Max Planck and the Birth of Quantum Theory", 3rd International Conference on the History of Physics of the EPS, San Sebastian, October 18, 2018

"Schooling the Quantum Generations: Textbooks and Quantum Cultures from 1900 to the 1930s", 25th International Congress of History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Rio de Janeiro, July 29, 2017.

“Realism, Continuity, and the Historiography of Science”, Triennial Conference of the Italian Society of Logic and Philosophy of Science (SILFS), Bologna, 22 June 2017.

“How to Make Selective Realism More Selective (and More Realist Too)”, Philosophy of Science Association Biannual Meeting, Atlanta November 4, 2016.

“How Lagrange Saved the Universe. The Forgotten Narrative on the Stability of the Solar System”, European Society for the History of Science Meeting, Prague, September 22, 2016.

“How to Make Selective Realism More Selective (and More Realist Too)”, 6th Meeting of Integrated History and Philosophy of Science (&HPS6), Edinburgh, July 4, 2016.

“Stability and Scientific Realism: The Coming of Age of Perturbation Theory”, 6th Meeting of the Society for the Philosophy of Science in Practice, Glassboro, NJ, June 17, 2016.

“If You Can Calculate It, Then It’s Real: The Coming of Age of Perturbation Theory”, The History of Science and Contemporary Scientific Realism”, Indianapolis, February 20, 2016.

“How Typical! An Epistemological Analysis of Typicality in Statistical Mechanics”, 15th Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, Helsinki, August 5, 2015.

“Hegemony and History of Science”, Past and Present. Philosophy, Politics, and History in the Thought of Gramsci, London, June 18-19, 2015 (with Pietro D. Omodeo).

“Boltzmann in Oxford: How Mathematics Molds Physical Concepts”, HSS, Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, November 6-9, 2014.

“How Typical: Genealogy of a Concept”, Triennial Conference of the Italian Society of Logic and Philosophy of Science, Rome, June 18-20, 2014.

“How Typical: Genealogy of a Concept”, 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Manchester, July 21-28, 2013.

“A Tale of Two Problems or How US Joined Together What Europe Had Put Asunder”, 5th Conference of the European Society for the History of Science, Athens, November 1-3, 2012.

“A Tale of Two Problems or How US Joined Together What Europe Had Put Asunder”, Three Societies Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, July 11-14, 2012.

“How Theories Begin: Max Planck and the Genesis of Quantum Theory”, 4th Meeting of Integrated History and Philosophy of Science (&HPS4), Athens, March 15-18, 2012.

“A Bridge over Trouble Waters: Max Planck’s Use of Abstract Spaces”, HSS Annual Meeting, Cleveland, OH, November 3-6, 2011.

“Pedagogy and Research. Notes for a Historical Epistemology of Science Educations”, 11th International IHPST Conference, Thessaloniki, 1-5 July 2011 (with Jaume Navarro).

“How Theories Begin: Max Planck and the Genesis of Quantum Theory”, Continuity and Discontinuity in the Physical Sciences since the Enlightenment, College Park, MD, 28-31 July 2011.

“Across the Disciplinary Divide: Otto Sackur from Physical Chemistry to Quantum Physics and Back”, 4th Conference of the European Society for the History of Science, Barcelona 18-20 November 2010.

“Research and Pedagogy: A History of Quantum Physics Through the Textbooks”, History of Quantum Physics (HQ3), Berlin, 28 June - 2 July 2010 (with Jaume Navarro).

“Putting the Quantum to Work: Otto Sackur’s Pioneering Exploits in the Quantum Theory of Gases”, History of Quantum Physics (HQ3), Berlin, 28 June - 2 July 2010 (with Bretislav Friedrich).

“Against the Wind: Otto Sackur and his Daring Lehrbuch der Thermodynamik und Thermochemie”, HSS Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, November 19-21, 2009.

“La strana equazione del dr. Sackur e di mr. Tetrode”, XXIX Congresso Nazionale di Storia della Fisica e dell’Astronomia, Arcetri, September 16-18, 2009.

“Converging Differences: The Debate on the Quantum Theory of Ideal Gas”, History of Quantum Physics (HQ2), Utrecht, July 14-17, 2008.

“A Quantum Melting Pot: The Origin of the Quantum Theory of Ideal Gas”, Three Societies Meeting, Oxford, July 4-6, 2008.

“I solidi ignoti: Ascesa e declino dell’Eigenschwingungen Methode”, XXVIII Congresso Nazionale di Storia della Fisica e dell’Astronomia, Bergamo, June 25-28, 2008.

“The Odd Couple: Boltzmann, Planck and the Application of Statistics to Physics (1900-1913)”, History of Quantum Physics (HQ1), Berlin, July 2-6, 2007.