Elena Castellani and Dean Rickles are holding a workshop on the philosophical foundations of dualities in physics, which will take place at the Dipartimento di Lettere e Filosofia in Florence, on the 15 and 16 of September 2014. For more information, please visit the workshop’s website:
Venue: “Senaatszaal”, Academy Building, Domplein 29, Utrecht, time: 14.00-17.00 language: English
On the occasion of the retirement of Dennis Dieks a symposium will be held on October 13, 2014, dedicated to philosophy and foundations of science. Four of Dennis’ co-authors, Henk de Regt (Free University Amsterdam), Pieter Vermaas (Delft University of Technology), Marijn Versteegh (University of Vienna) and Olimpia Lombardi (University of Buenos Aires), and Dennis himself will speak about developments and new prospects.
There will be an evening programme (with Gerard ’t Hooft, Dennis Dieks, Jeroen van Dongen, Fred Muller en Erik Verlinde) in the Dutch language. This will take place in the Aula of the Academy Building.
Call for Abstracts: Quantum Computation, Quantum Information, and the Exact Sciences
We invite submissions from both philosophers and scientists exploring the connections between the philosophy and foundations of quantum computation and quantum information theory (QCIT), and more traditional philosophical and foundational questions in physics, computer science, information theory, and mathematics. Envisioned topics for contributed papers include: QCIT’s relevance for our understanding of the structure and axiomatics of quantum theory, QCIT’s relevance for our understanding of physical conceptions of computation and/or information, alternative formalisms and mathematical frameworks for characterising QCIT, methodological differences and commonalities between QCIT and more traditional approaches to the exact sciences, and the metaphysical significance (or lack thereof) of the concepts and operational definitions of QCIT. This list is not exhaustive.
Dates of the conference: January 30-31, 2015.
A new open-access journal called ‘International Journal of Quantum Foundations’ has just been launched. The Editorial Board consists of many international luminaries and includes Lajos Diosi, Bernard d’Espagnat, Arthur Fine, Gordon N. Fleming, Olival Freire Jr., Sheldon Goldstein, Robert Griffiths, Hans Halvorson, Richard Healey, Basil Hiley, Don Howard, Roger Penrose, Carlo Rovelli, Maximilian Schlosshauer and H. Dieter Zeh. The aim of the journal is to provide a convenient online platform for researchers to debate and resolve the long-standing, controversial issues in the foundations of quantum theory. You may visit the journal website at http://www.ijqf.org/.
Good luck on the launch!
Sapienza University of Rome
This conference will provide an opportunity for an encounter between different approaches and different perspectives on the quantum-gravity problem. Its main goal is to contribute to a higher level of shared knowledge among the quantum-gravity communities pursuing each specific research program.
We plan to have plenary talks on many different approaches, including in particular string theory, loop quantum gravity, spacetime noncommutativity, causal dynamical triangulations, asymptotic safety and causal sets. We shall also welcome contributions from the perspective of philosophy of science.
Seminar on the Philosophical Foundations of Quantum Gravity
13-14 March 2015 – University of California, San Diego
Alyssa Ney (Rochester)
Daniele Oriti (MPI for Gravitational Physics, Golm)
David Rideout (UCSD)
Christian Wüthrich (UCSD)
+ further speakers TBA