Workshop: Thermodynamics as a Resource Theory (Western Ontario, June 20-22)

Thermodynamics as a Resource Theory:
Foundational and Philosophical Implications
Interdisciplinary workshop of the resource-theoretic revolution in thermodynamics

June 20-22, 2018, The University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario).

Recently, there has been a shift in the way that many physicists are approaching the science of thermodynamics. Instead of regarding its laws as purely physical laws, researchers are increasingly treating the theory as a theory about how agents, such as ourselves, can use information about a physical system as a resource for extracting useful work from the system. Seen this way, investigations into the thermodynamics of quantum systems have a deep connection with work in Quantum Information Theory.

This interdisciplinary workshop brings together philosophers and physicists to explore the philosophical and foundational implications of the resource-theoretic turn in thermodynamics.

Speakers:
Tony Bartolotta California Institute of Technology, Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics
Lídia del Rio University of Bristol, Physics
Joshua Luczak Lebniz Universität Hannover, Institute of Philosophy
Owen Maroney University of Oxford, Faculty of Philosophy
Markus Müller Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information Vienna
Nelly Ng Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Physics
Carina Prunkl University of Oxford, Balliol College
Robert Spekkens Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Quantum Foundations
Jos Uffink University of Minnesota, Philosophy
David Wallace University of Southern California, Philosophy

There is no registration fee, but we ask that attendees register so that we can get an idea of numbers. For more details: http://philphysics.uwo.ca/.

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