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Framework generalization: Structuring searches for new physics

Koberinski, Adam (2022) Framework generalization: Structuring searches for new physics. [Preprint]

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Many areas of frontier physics are confronted with the crisis of a lack of accessible, direct evidence. As a result, direct model building has failed to lead to any new empirical discoveries. In this paper I argue that these areas of frontier physics have developed common methods for turning precision mea- surements of known quantities into potential evidence for anomalies hinting at new physics. This method of framework generalization has arisen as a sort of model-independent method for generalizing beyond known physics and organizing experimental searches. I argue that this method is well-justified given the current epistemic landscape, and that theory construction in general is much broader than simply building new dynamical models.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Koberinski, Adamadam.koberinski@pitt.edu0000-0001-7605-4214
Additional Information: Forthcoming in the European Journal for Philosophy of Science
Keywords: Theory construction; methodology of physics; methodology of particle physics; theories and models
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Structure of Theories
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Dr. Adam Koberinski
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2022 20:49
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2022 20:49
Item ID: 21520
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Structure of Theories
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21520

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