Philosophy of Physics, UMD

New Directions in the Foundations of Physics
Viterbo, Italy
June 4–6, 2021

Sponsored by IQOQI-Vienna (Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Vienna), the John Templeton Foundation, the Descartes Centre at the University of Utrecht, the University of Maryland Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science, and the Johns Hopkins University Philosophy Department.

Friday, June 4

Morning Session
Black Hole Thermodynamics and ER=EPR

Chair :
Georgetown University

9:30 - 10:50 Entanglement, geometry, and gravity TED JACOBSON
University of Maryland
10:50 - 11:10 Coffee Break
11:10 - 12:30 TBA ERIK VERLINDE
University of Amsterdam
12:30 - 3:30 pm Lunch

Afternoon Session
New Directions: Quantum Gravity and Dark Matter

Chair :
Johns Hopkins University
3:30 - 4:50 The holographic principle and its implications MANUS VISSER
University of Geneva
4:50 - 5:10 Coffee Break
5:10 - 6:30 Do particles and their anti-particles really annihilate each other? MICHAEL KIESSLING
7:30 pm Dinner

Saturday, June 5

Morning Session
Quantum Foundations, I

Chair :
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
Institut Néel
Université Grenoble Alpes
12:30 - 3:30 pm Lunch

Afternoon Session
Issues in Statistical Mechanics and General Relativity

Chair :
History and Philosophy of Science
Utrecht University
3:30 - 4:50 Re-defining equilibrium for long-range interacting systems Lecture supported by Foundations of Physics
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
U California
7:30 pm Dinner

Sunday, June 6

Morning Session
Quantum Foundations, II

Chair :
Philosophy and QuICS
University of Maryland
9:30 - 10:50 Decoherence and the transactional interpretation RUTH KASTNER
University of Maryland
10:50 - 11:10 Coffee Break
11:10 - 12:30 Quantum superpositions of classical coordinates
Lecture supported by Fundamental Theories in Physics
School of Math and Physics
University of Queensland

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Discussants include: Pablo Acuña (Philosophy, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile), Markus Aspelmeyer (IQOQI, Vienna), Guido Bacciagaluppi (History and Philosophy of Science, Utrecht University), Veronika Baumann (Information Science, Universita della Svizzera Italiana), Jossi Berkovitz (IHPST, U Toronto), Harvey Brown (Philosophy, Oxford), Caslav Brukner (IQOQI, University of Vienna), Jeffrey Bub (Philosophy, IPST, QuICS, University of Maryland), Lapo Casetti (Physics, University of Florence), Lorenzo Catani (Physics, Chapman University), Leonardo Chiatti (Medical Physics, Viterbo), Michael Cuffaro (Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy), Erik Curiel (Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy), Mike Dascal (Philosophy, University of Maryland), Flavio del Santo (IQOQI, Vienna), Neil Dewar (Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy), Rob DiSalle (Philosophy, University of Western Ontario), Laura Felline (Independent Scholar), Grace Field (History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University, Laura Gentini (Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Firenze), Philip Goyal (Physics, University of Albany), Stephan Hartmann (Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy), Richard Healey (Philosophy, University of Arizona), Meir Hemmo (Philosophy, University of Haifa), Guy Hetzrony (Physics, Tel Aviv University), Lucy James (Philosophy, University of Bristol), James Ladyman (Philosophy, Bristol University), Federico Laudisa (Philosophy, University of Milan Bicocca), Dennis Lehmkuhl (History and Philosophy of Physics, Bonn University), Lorenzo Maccone (Physics, University of Pavia), James Mattingly (Philosophy, Georgetown University), Tim Maudlin (Philosophy, NYU), Tushar Menon (Philosophy, Oxford University), Markus Mueller (IQOQI, Austrian Academy of Sciences), Ruward Mulder (HPS, University of Utrecht), Fred Muller (Philosophy, Erasmus University, Rotterdam), Wayne Myrvold (Philosophy, U Western Ontario), Matthew Pusey (Mathematics, University of York), Giulia Rubino (Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna), Rob Rynasiewicz (Philosophy, Johns Hopkins), Simon Saunders (Philosophy, Oxford University), David Schmid (Perimeter Institute), Frida Trotter (Philosophy, Lausanne), Lev Vaidman (Physics, Tel Aviv University), Giovanni Valente (Polytechnic University, Milan), Matthew Walhout (Templeton Foundation), David Wallace (HPS, University of Pittsburgh), Alex Wilce (Mathematics, 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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