Philosophy of Physics, UMD

New Directions in the Foundations of Physics
Whittemore House, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, DC
April 29 - May 1, 2011

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), Georgetown University (Graduate School, Georgetown College, Philosophy Department), and Johns Hopkins University Philosophy Department, with the support of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, and the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi), and coordinated through the Foundations of Physics Group (University of Maryland at College Park, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University).

Friday, April 29

Session 1 (Morning): Entropy and Information

Chair :
Hist & Phil Sci, Indiana

9:30 - 10:50 "Waiting for Landauer" JOHN NORTON
History and Philosophy of Science
University of Pittsburgh

10:50 - 11:10 Coffee Break
11:10 - 12:30 "A Quantum Approach to Equilibrium" ANTHONY SHORT
Department of Applied Mathematics
and Theoretical Physics
Cambridge University
12:30 - 2:30 Lunch

Session 2 (Afternoon): Schrodinger and Entanglement

Chair :
Philosophy, Oxford
2:30 - 3:50 "Schrödinger's Methodology of Physics: Application and Interpretation" CHRISTIAN JOAS
Max Planck Institute
for the History of Science
3:50 - 4:10 Coffee Break
4:10 - 5:30 "The Prehistory of Entanglement, 1926-35" CHRISTOPH LEHNER
Max Planck Institute
for the History of Science
7:00 - midnight Buffet Party

Saturday, April 30

Session 3 (Morning): Closed Timelike Curves and Quantum Information

Chair :
Philosophy, Western Ontario
9:30 - 10:50 "As I Told You Tomorrow, Time Machines can Solve Hard Problems" TODD BRUN
Communication Sciences Institute
Department of Electrical Engineering Systems
University of Southern California
10:50 - 11:10 Coffee Break
11:10 - 12:30 "Quantifying Time Travel" DAVID BACON
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Washington
12:30 - 2:00 Lunch

Session 4 (Afternoon): Contextuality in Quantum Mechanics

Chair :
Mathematics, Susquehanna U
2:00 - 3:20 "(Non-)Contextuality of Physical Theories as an Axiom" ADAN CABELLO
Department of Applied Physics
University of Seville
3:20 - 3:40 Coffee Break
3:40 - 5:00 "Beyond Quantum Contextuality" ROB SPEKKENS
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Waterloo, Canada
7:00 - midnight Buffet Party

Sunday, May 1

Session 5 (Morning): Quantum Gravity

Chair :
Physics, UMD
9:30 - 10:50 "Time after Time: An Historical Perspective on the Problem of Time in Quantum Gravity'" DON SALISBURY
Department of Physics
Austin College
10:50 - 11:10 Coffee Break
11:10 - 12:30 "Are Space and Time Emergent?" VIJAY BALASUBRAMANIAN
Department of Physics
University of Pennsylvania

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Discussants include:Guido Bacciagaluppi (Philosophy, Aberdeen), Howard Barnum (Physics, University of New Mexico), Katherine Brading (Philosophy, Notre Dame), Howard Brandt (US Army Lab), Dieter Brill (Physics, UMD), Jeffrey Bub (Philosphy and IPST, UMD), Rob DiSalle (Philosophy, Western Ontario), Lucas Dunlap (Philosophy, UMD), Michael Fisher (Physics and IPST, UMD), Gordon Fleming (Physics, Penn State), Mathias Frisch (Philosophy, UMD), Shelly Goldstein (Mathematics, Rutgers), Philip Goyal (Physics, SUNY-Albany), Genco Guralp (Philosophy, JHU), Amit Hagar (Hist & Phil Science, Indiana), Richard Healey (Philosophy, U Arizona), Melissa Jacquart (NSF), Ted Jacobson (Physics, UMD), Michael Jarrett (Physics, UMD), Ruth Kastner (Philosophy, UMD), Michael Kiessling (Mathematics, Rutgers), Eleanor Knox (Institute of Philosophy, University of London), Fred Kronz (NSF),Matthew Leifer (Perimeter Institute), Tracy Lupher (Philosophy, James Madison University), James Mattingly (Philosophy, Georgetown U), Tim Maudlin (Philosophy, Rutgers), Vishnya Maudlin (Philosophy, Rutgers), Charles Misner (Physics, UMD), Florin Moldoveanu (CPaS, UMD), Wayne Myrvold (Philosophy, Western Ontario), Alan O'Donnell (Physics, UMD), Dan Parker (Philosophy, Virginia Tech), Huw Price (Center for Time, U Sydney), Tatiana Romanovskaya (Philosophy, GW), Rob Rynasiewicz (Philosophy, JHU), Maximilian Schlosshauer (Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen), Michiel Seevinck (Foundations of Math & Natural Science, Utrecht), Mark Shumelda (Philosophy, U Toronto), Rafael D Sorkin (Physics, Syracuse, and Perimeter Institute), Allen Stairs (Philosophy, UMD), Mark Stuckey (Physics, Elizabethtown College), Mike Tamir (Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh), Christopher Timpson (Philosophy, Oxford), David Wallace (Philosophy, Oxford), Alex Wilce (Mathematics, Susquehanna U), Christoph Wildfeuer (Physics, Louisiana State University), Eric Winsberg (Philosophy, University of South Florida).

The conference will take place at Whittemore House, 1526 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036, half a block 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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