ITIQM video playlist is complete

Information-Theoretic Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics, the 20th annual UWO philosophy of physics conference, was held on June 11-12, 2016 at Western University. The workshop was inspired by Jeffrey Bub’s recently published book Bananaworld: Quantum Mechanics for Primates (Oxford University Press). The workshop brought together diverse views on issues raised by and related to Professor Bub’s […]

Information-Theoretic Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics Video Playlist Created on the Rotman YouTube Channel

Information-Theoretic Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics, the 20th annual UWO philosophy of physics conference, was held on June 11-12, 2016 at Western University. The workshop was inspired by Jeffrey Bub’s recently published book Bananaworld: Quantum Mechanics for Primates (Oxford University Press). The workshop brought together diverse views on issues raised by and related to Professor Bub’s […]

Rotman Institute Member Sessions at HOPOS 2016

HOPOS 2016, the eleventh biennial meeting of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science, will take place on June 22-25 in Minneapolis. We’re pleased to announce that several members of the Rotman Institute will take part in the conference. Sessions that include Rotman members are listed below. The full conference program and […]

Interview with Lucas Dunlap

Lucas Dunlap is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Rotman Institute of Philosophy in London, Ontario. He completed his doctorate in 2015 at the University of Maryland College Park. His research addresses fundamental questions in the philosophy of science and in the philosophy of physics. Specifically, he studies the foundations of quantum mechanics, Quantum Information […]

Guest post: Roger Colbeck on the cryptographic legacy of EPR

Follow up to last-week’s post on the EPR paper, a guest post by Roger Colbeck on its significance for cryptography. 80 years ago, Einstein, Podolsky and Rosen put to paper an argument that the use of the wave function for describing the state of a physical system is incomplete [7]. Looking back, it is remarkable […]

EPR, 80 years on

Wayne C. Myrvold 80 years ago, in the May 15, 1935 issue of Physical Review, a remarkable paper was published, whose impact on our thinking about the world has been substantial, in ways that would, perhaps, have astonished the authors. The paper was concerned with a very abstract point about the nature of physical reality. […]

Beyond Turf Wars: The Facebook comment thread

By Wayne Myrvold I posted a link to my blog post, “Beyond Turf Wars,” on my Facebook page. It resulted in an interest back-and-forth involving myself, philosopher Vishnya Maudlin, and Matt Leifer, a physicist working on the foundations of quantum theories, about, among other things, the differences between physics and philosophy, and the respectove roles […]

Beyond Turf Wars

By Wayne Myrvold There has been a bit of squabbling, of late, between physicists and philosophers of science.  In 2010, in their  book The Grand Design, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow. declared that “philosophy is dead …  Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge.  More recently, the […]