South American Workshop on the Foundations of Quantum Theory and Cosmology: São Paulo, 3-7 November 2014

Organizers:

Mario Castagnino (University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Susana Landau (University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
George E. A. Matsas (Sao Paulo State University, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Nelson Pinto Neto (Centro Brasilero de Pesquisas Fisicas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Daniel Sudarsky (National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico D.F. Mexico)
Hector Vucetich (University of La Plata, La Plata, Argentina)

Confirmed Speakers:

Adrian Kent (DAMTP, University of Cambridge)
David Albert (Department of Philosophy, Columbia University)
George Ellis (Department of Mathematics, University of Cape Town)

Description:

The objective of this workshop is to bring together researchers working in the application of quantum theory to cosmology, and those working on foundational aspects of quantum theory. These two fields have a very important intersection, exemplified by the fact that many approaches that have been developed to deal with the conceptual difficulties, particularly with the so called “measurement problem” in quantum mechanics, become almost untenable in their application to cosmology. On the other hand, the views about the nature of quantum theory that are most popular amongst researchers working in modern cosmology are being critically scrutinized within the foundational community.

This situation indicates that there is a very large potential for fruitful exchange and cross-fertilization of ideas among these two communities, which have not in the past had a strong interaction. The workshop will be organized with emphasis on promoting interaction and discussion. There will be a small number of formal presentations and a series of long discussion sessions with specific focus topics.

For more information, and for online registration, visit http://www.ictp-saifr.org/?page_id=5683.

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