Department of Philosophy pres.
Foundations of Modern Physics Workshop: Foundations of Ordinary Quantum Mechanics Workshop
10:10 - 11:30 am, Henderson Room, MI League
Roberto Merlin, University of Michigan (Physics / Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
"The problem with quantum measurements: How to distinguish measuring devices from ordinary objects"
11:40 - 1:00 pm, Henderson Room, MI League
Jeffrey Barrett, UC-Irvine (Logic and Philosophy of Science, Philosophy)
"Typicality in Pure Wave Mechanics"
2:40 - 4:00 pm, Henderson Room, MI League
David Wallace, Oxford University (Philosophy)
"What is "orthodox quantum mechanics?""
Philosophers of physics and metaphysicians often speak about the "orthodox" interpretation of quantum mechanics, by which they mean something like the Schrodinger dynamics supplemented with the eigenvector-eigenvalue link and the Dirac-von Neumann projection postulate. But if "orthodox" means "standard amongst physicists" then the orthodox interpretation is not orthodox at all: orthodoxy is something much more minimal, from which the philosophers' orthodoxy is obtained by adding substantive metaphysical assumptions and by trying to clear up philosophical confusion in the physicists' approach. Since virtually no-one actually thinks the (philosophers') "orthodox interpretation" is any good as an interpretation of quantum mechanics, it might be better to take the more minimal physics version as a starting point from which to formulate the measurement problem.
4:40 - 6:00 pm, Forum Hall, Palmer Commons
Sir Anthony Leggett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Physics)
"Realism versus quantum mechanics: implications of recent experiments"
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