Philosophy of Physics, UMD

New Directions in the Foundations of Physics
MAA Carriage House, Washington, DC, May 1 - 3, 2009

Sponsored by the University of Maryland, College Park (College of Arts and Humanities, Committee for Philosophy and the Sciences, Institute for Physical Science and Technology), Johns Hopkins University (Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Philosophy Department), Georgetown University (Graduate School, Georgetown College, Philosophy Department), and coordinated through the Foundations of Physics Group (UMCP, JHU, GU).

Friday, May 1

Session 1 (Morning): Interaction Between Foundations of Physics and Foundations of Mathematics

Chair :
Philosophy and IPST, Maryland

9:30 - 10:50 "The Bohrification of Quantum Logic" N.P. LANDSMAN
Institute for Maths, Astrophysics and Particle Physics, Radboud University
10:50 - 11:10 Coffee Break
11:10 - 12:30 "Intuitionistic Logic, Frame-Valued Sets and Evolving Spacetime" JOHN BELL
Western Ontario
12:30 - 2:30 Lunch

Session 2 (Afternoon): Quantum Nonlocality and Pseudo-Telepathy

Chair :
Philosophy, Maryland
2:30 - 3:50 "Lessons Learned from Pseudo-Telepathy" ANNE BROADBENT
Institute for Quantum
Computing, Waterloo
3:50 - 4:10 Coffee Break
4:10 - 5:30 "Some Variations of Bell's Theorem Without Inequalities" P.K. ARAVIND
Worcester Polytechnic
7:00 - midnight Buffet Party

Saturday, May 2

Session 3 (Morning): Algebraic Quantum Field Theory

Chair :
Philosophy, Georgetown
9:30 - 10:50 "Operational separability and operational independence in algebraic quantum field theory " MIKLOS REDEI
London School of Economics
10:50 - 11:10 Coffee Break
11:10 - 12:30 "Interpreting Quantum Field Theories: The Significance of Variant Formulations" DOREEN FRASER
12:30 - 2:30 Lunch

Session 4 (Afternoon): Causal Sets and Quantum Gravity

Chair :
Philsophy, Maryland
2:30 - 3:50 "A Modified Logic for Quantum Gravity" RAFAEL SORKIN
Physics, Syracuse
& Perimeter Institute
3:50 - 4:10 Coffee Break
4:10 - 5:30 "Causal Sets and the New Physics" JOE HENSON
Quantum Foundations
Perimeter Institute
7:00 - midnight Buffet Party

Sunday, May 3

Session 5 (Morning): Relativistically Invariant "Collapse" Theories

Chair :
Philosophy, Johns Hopkins
9:30 - 10:50 "Collapse Models with Non-White Noise''" STEPHEN ADLER
School of Natural Sciences
Institute for Advanced Study
10:50 - 11:10 Coffee Break
11:10 - 12:30 "What It's Like to be a Precise Quantum Theory" NINO ZANGHI

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Discussants include: Valia Allori (Philosophy, Northern Illinois), Howard Barnum (LANL), Howard Brandt (US Army Lab), Dieter Brill (Physics, UMD), Sean Boocock (Philosophy, Notre Dame), Jeffrey Bub (Philosphy & IPST, UMD), Kevin Davey (Philosophy, Chicago), William Demopoulos (Philosphy, UWO), Maaneli Derakhshani (Physics, Stony Brook), Ari Duwell (Philosophy, Montana), Laura Felline (Philosophy, Cagliari & Pittsburgh Center for Phil Sci), Michael Fisher (Physics & IPST, UMD), Brandon Fogel (Philosophy, Notre Dame), Mathias Frisch (Philosophy, UMD), Genco Guralp (Philosophy, JHU), Shelly Goldstein (Mathematics, Rutgers), Hilary Greaves (Merton College, Oxford), Amit Hagar (HPS, Indiana), Meir Hemmo (Philosophy, Haifa), Bei-Lok Hu (Physics, UMD), Kris Huang (Physics, UMD), Ted Jacobson (Physics, UMD), Benjamin C. Jantzen (Philosophy, CMU), William Kallfelz (Philosophy, Central Washington University), Ruth Kastner (CPaS, UMD), Michael Kiessling (Mathematics, Rutgers), Simon Kochen (Mathematics, Princeton), Fred Kronz (NSF), Soazig Le Bihan (Philosophy, Montana), Christoph Lehner (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin), Paul Lopata (Booz Allen Hamilton), Tracy Lupher (Philosophy, James Madison), David Malament (LPS, UC-Irvine), James Mattingly (Philosophy, Georgetown U), Tim Maudlin (Philosophy, Rutgers), Vishnya Maudlin (Philosophy, Rutgers), Robert McFarland (Physics, UMD), Wayne Myrvold (Philosophy, UWO), John Nickerson (Philosophy, Georgetown), Jill North (Philosophy, Yale), John Norton (HPS, Pittsburgh), Bryan Roberts (HPS, Pittsburgh), Rob Rynasiewicz (Philosophy, JHU), Tobias Schwaibold (Foundations of Physics), Elay Shech (HPS, Pittsburgh), Allen Stairs (Philosophy, UMD), Syman Stevens (Philosophy, Columbia), Vivek Suri (Philosophy, JHU), Mike Tamir (Philosophy, Pittsburgh), Jos Uffink (Foundations of Math & Nat Science, Utrecht), Wes Van Camp (Philosophy, UMD), Josh Von Korff (Physics, UC-Berkeley), Aron Wall (Physics, UMD), Steve Weinstein (Philosophy, Waterloo), Justin Wilson (Physics, UMD), Eric Winsberg (Philosophy, South Florida).

The conference will take place at the Mathematical Association of America Carriage House, 1781 Church Street NW, Washington, DC 20036, two blocks from Dupont Circle. For general information about Washington, DC, see WashingtonInfo.

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

For further information, contact Jeffrey Bub at

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