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Sophie Ritson



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Research interests (Forschungsschwerpunkte)

I am an historian and philosopher of science who is interested in integrated history, philosophy and sociology of science. My research focuses on contemporary scientific practice with an emphasis on appraisal, science and epistemic values, and the social organization of science.


In addition, I have also examined scientific blogging as a contested form of literary technology and site of virtual witnessing practices. My research to date has focused on history, philosophy, and sociology of physics with a focus on the string theory controversy and LHC physics.


I am currently a post-doctoral researcher in the FWF project "Producing novelty and securing credibility: LHC experiments in STS-perspective" within the research unit The Epistemology of the Large Hadron Collider.




Selected publications (Ausgewählte Publikationen)

Ritson, S. (2016): ‘Crackpots’ and ‘Active Researchers’: The String Wars, ArXiv, and the Blogosphere. Social Studies of Science 46(2), 607-628.


Ritson, S. & Camilleri, K. (2015): Contested Boundaries: String Theory and Ideological Debates in Fundamental Physics. Perspectives on Science 23(2), 192-277.


Camilleri, K. & Ritson, S. (2015): The Role of Heuristic Appraisal in Conflicting Assessments of String Theory. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 51, 44-56.



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