Philosophy of Physics, UMD

New Directions in the Foundations of Physics
Palazzo dei Papi, Viterbo, Italy
May 24–26, 2019

Sponsored by the University of Maryland Philosophy Department, Georgetown University (Graduate School, Georgetown College, and Philosophy Department), Johns Hopkins University Philosophy Department, the Program in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology, University of Minnesota, and the Institut für Philosophie, Leibniz Universität, Hannover.

Friday, May 24

Morning Session
Inflation: Pro and Con

Chair :
Logic and Philosophy of Science

9:30 - 10:50 Big Bang vs Big Bounce, and how to take a stance ANNA IJJAS
Institute for Theory and Computation, Harvard
10:50 - 11:10 Coffee Break
11:10 - 12:30 Why inflation is the worst theory of cosmology (except for all the other ones) WILL KINNEY
Physics, University of Buffalo
12:30 - 3:30 pm Lunch

Afternoon Session
Quantum Dynamics of Spacetime

Chair :
Independent Scholar
3:30 - 4:50 A conceptual analysis of black hole entropy in string theory SEBASTIAN DE HARO
Amsterdam University College
University of Amsterdam
4:50 - 5:10 Coffee Break
5:10 - 6:30 Quantum spacetime: from principles to measurements FRANCESCA VIDOTTO
Theoretical Physics
UPV/EHU, Spain
7:30 pm Dinner

Saturday, May 25

Morning Session
Quantum Foundations

Chair :
King's College, London
9:30 - 10:50 Putting probabilities first: how Hilbert space generates and constrains them. MICHEL JANSSEN

HST & Physics
University of Minnesota
10:50 - 11:10 Coffee Break
11:10 - 12:30 On formalisms and interpretations VERONIKA BAUMANN
U della Svizzera Italiana
12:30 - 3:30 pm Lunch

Afternoon Session
Quantum Theory and Beyond

Chair :
History & Foundations of Math & Natural Sciences
Utrecht University
3:30 - 4:50 Almost quantum correlations violate the ‘no-restriction’ hypothesis ANA BELEN SAINZ
Quantum Foundations
Perimeter Institute
4:50 - 5:10 Coffee Break
5:10 - 6:30 Quantum theory: no unitary ontology, no paradoxes MAURO D'ARIANO
Theoretical Physics
University of Pavia
7:30 pm Dinner

Sunday, May 26

Morning Session

Quantum Reference Frames and Quantum Thermal Machines

Chair :
Center for Mathematical Philosophy
LMU, Münich
9:30 - 10:50 Quantum mechanics and the covariance of physical laws in quantum reference frames FLAMINIA GIACOMINI
Austrian Academy of Sciences
10:50 - 11:10 Coffee Break
11:10 - 12:30 How Small Can Thermal Machines Be? SANDU POPESCU
University of Bristol

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Discussants include: Pablo Acuña (Philosophy, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile), Guido Bacciagaluppi (Foundations of Natural Sciences, Utrecht University), Jon Barrett (Computer Science, Oxford), Jossi Berkovitz (IHPST, U Toronto), Harvey Brown (Philosophy, Oxford), Caslav Brukner (IQOQI, University of Vienna), Jeffrey Bub (Philosophy, IPST, QuICS, University of Maryland), Adan Cabello (Physics, University of Seville), Mike Dascal (Philosophy, University of Maryland), Dennis Dieks (Institute for History and Foundations of Mathematics and the Natural Sciences, U Utrecht), Laura Felline (Philosophy, Universita degli Studi, Roma Tre), Henrique Gomes (Trinity College, Cambridge), Mathias Frisch (Institut für Philosophie, Leibniz Universität, Hannover), Alexei Grinbaum (CEA-Saclay, SPEC/LARSIM), Stephan Hartmann (Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy), Ronni Hermens (Descartes Centre, Utrecht University), Michael Kiessling (Mathematics, Rutgers), Eleanor Knox (King's College, London), Adam Koberinski (Philosophy, Western University), James Ladyman (Philosophy, Bristol University), Christoph Lehner (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science), Olimpia Lombardi (Phil of Science, University of Buenos Aires), Lorenzo Maccone (Physics, University of Pavia), James Mattingly (Philosophy, Georgetown University), Markus Mueller (IQOQI, Austrian Academy of Sciences), Fred Muller (Philosophy, Erasmus University), Wayne Myrvold (Philosophy, U Western Ontario), Patricia Palacios (Philosophy, University of Salzburg), Matthew Pusey (Computer Science, Oxford), Rob Rynasiewicz (Philosophy, Johns Hopkins), John Selby (Quantum Foundations, Perimeter Institute), Allen Stairs (Philosophy, University of Maryland), Jos Uffink (Philosophy and Physics, U Minnesota), Lev Vaidman (Physics, Tel Aviv University), Giovanni Valente (Polytechnic University, Milan), David Wallace (Philosophy, USC), James Weatherall (LPS, UC-Irvine), Alex Wilce (Math, Susquehanna University), Nino Zanghi (Physics, Genoa).

The number of participants is limited by available seating, so we regret that participation is by invitation only.

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