Philosophy of Physics Seminar

The Philosophy of Physics Seminar is a seminar series devoted to the philosophical and conceptual study of the major physical theories: statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics and quantum field theory, and theories of space-time, gravity, and cosmology. It is also concerned with the nature of symmetries and symmetry breaking, probability theory, and historically important theories, such as Newtonian gravity.

Seminars ordinarily take place on Thursdays 16.30 - 18.30 in the Lecture Room at the Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Rd. 

Philosophy of Physics Seminar Convenors: Christopher Timpson and Adam Caulton

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Week 1 (11th October)  

David Wallace (USC)

'Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in Finite Quantum Systems: a decoherent-histories approach'
Week 2 (18th October)  Simon Saunders (Oxford)  
Week 3 No seminar  
Week 4  No seminar  
Week 5 (8th November) Tushar Menon (Oxford) 'Rotating spacetimes and the relativistic null hypothesis'
Week 6 (15th November) Jonathan Barrett (Oxford) 'Quantum causal models'
Week 7 (22nd November) James Nguyen (IoP/ UCL) 'Interpreting Models: A Suggestion and its Payoffs'
Week 8  No seminar  
Week 1 (26th April) Doreen Fraser (Waterloo)  "Renormalization and scaling transformations in quantum field theory"
Week 2 (3rd May) Jeremy Butterfield (Cambridge) "On Dualities and Equivalences Between Physical Theories"
Week 3 (10th May)  Matt Farr (Cambridge) "The C Theory of Time"
Week 4 (17th May) Seth Lloyd (MIT) "The Future of Quantum Computing"

Week 5 (24th May)

Emily Thompson (Durham)

"John Locke: Newtonian Absolutist about Time"

Week 6 (31st May) Minhyong Kim "Three Dualities"

Week 7 (7th June)

Owen Maroney (Notre Dame) 

"What's Fine for Leggett and Garg? About Measurements and Macrorealisms"

Week 1 (18th January)

No Seminar


Week 2 (25th January) Giulio Chiribella (St Hilda's College)  "The Purification Principle"
Week 3 (1st February) Christopher Timpson (Brasenose College) "Concepts of fundementality: the case of information"
Week 4 (8th February)  David Wallace (USC) "Why black hole information is paradoxical"
Week 5 (15th February)  Dennis Lehmkuhl (CalTech)  "The History and Interpretation of Black Hole Solutions"

Week 6 (22nd February)

No Seminar


Week 7 (1st March) Carina Prunkl (Balliol College) "Black Hole Entropy is Entropy and not (necessarily) Information"

Week 8 (8th March)

Nicholas Teh (Notre Dame) 

"Newton-Cartan theory as the philosopher's pleasure-dome"

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