Philosophy of Physics, UMD


New Directions in the Foundations of Physics
Palazzo dei Papi, Viterbo, Italy
May 29–31, 2020

Sponsored by IQOQI-Vienna (Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Vienna), the University of Maryland Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science, Georgetown University (Graduate School, Georgetown College, and Philosophy Department), Johns Hopkins University Philosophy Department, and the Institut für Philosophie, Leibniz Universität, Hannover.


Friday, May 29

Morning Session
Black Hole Thermodynamics and ER=EPR, I


Chair :
JAMES MATTINGLY
Philosophy
Georgetown University

9:30 - 10:50 Horizon molecules in the causal set approach to quantum gravity FAY DOWKER
Physics
Imperial College
10:50 - 11:10 Coffee Break
11:10 - 12:30 TBA ERIK VERLINDE
Physics
University of Amsterdam
12:30 - 3:30 pm Lunch

Afternoon Session
Black Hole Thermodynamics and ER=EPR, II


Chair :
ROB RYNASIEWICZ
Philosophy
Johns Hopkins University
3:30 - 4:50 Entanglement, geometry, and gravity TED JACOBSON
Physics
University of Maryland
4:50 - 5:10 Coffee Break
5:10 - 6:30 The holographic principle and its implications MANUS VISSER
Physics
University of Geneva
7:30 pm Dinner



Saturday, May 30

Morning Session
Quantum Foundations, I


Chair :
CASLAV BRUKNER
IQOQI
Vienna
9:30 - 10:50 The measurement postulates of quantum mechanics are operationally redundant THOMAS GALLEY
Quantum Foundations
Perimeter Institute
10:50 - 11:10 Coffee Break
11:10 - 12:30 TBA ALEXIA AUFFEVES
Institut Neel
Université Grenoble Alpes
12:30 - 3:30 pm Lunch

Afternoon Session
Foundational Issues of Spacetime and Statistical Mechanics


Chair :
GUIDO BACCIAGALUPPI
History and Philosophy of Science
Utrecht University
3:30 - 4:50 Re-defining equilibrium for long-range interacting systems PATRICIA PALACIOS
Philosophy of Science
University of Salzburg
4:50 - 5:10 Coffee Break
5:10 - 6:30 Is the universe as large as it can be? JB MANCHAK
LPS
U California, Irvine
7:30 pm Dinner



Sunday, May 31

Morning Session
Quantum Foundations, II


Chair :
JEFFREY BUB
Philosophy and QuICS
University of Maryland
9:30 - 10:50 Do particles and their anti-particles really annihilate each other? MICHAEL KIESSLING
Mathematics
Rutgers
10:50 - 11:10 Coffee Break
11:10 - 12:30 Quantum superpositions of classical coordinates MAGDALENA ZYCH
School of Math and Physics
University of Queensland
The number of participants is limited by available seating, so we regret that participation is by invitation only.

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