Collisions and Collaboration. The Organization of Learning in the ATLAS Experiment at the LHC

“High-energy physics, for example, observes’ many phenomena that cannot be readily seen in nature. Some particles exist for only a tiny fraction of a second and can therefore be observed only under strictly defined laboratory conditions. But what, exactly, does it mean to say that phenomena generate data? When, for example, we look at the moon, are we seeing the moon or the data of the moon? As we go about our daily business, the distinction hardly matters, but when looking, say, for, subatomic particles, the link between the data we observea track on some substrate in a detectorand the phenomena that we infer from the dataa given type of particlemay be quite indirect. The issue is a subtle one but quite relevant toour analysis”.

(Images and text from Boisot (2012), Collision and Collaboration, Oxford University Press)

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Cosimo Accoto

Research Affiliate at MIT | Author "Il Mondo Dato" (Egea) | Philosopher in Residence | Business Innovation Advisor | www.cosimoaccoto.com

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