Thermodynamics as a Resource Theory: 2018 Annual Philosophy of Physics Conference
20 June 2018 - 22 June 2018
The Revolution will be thermalized.
Recently, there has been a shift in the way that many physicists are approaching the science of thermodynamics. Instead of regarding its laws as purely physical laws, researchers are increasingly treating the theory as a theory about how agents, such as ourselves, can use information about a physical system as a resource for extracting useful work from the system. Seen this way, investigations into the thermodynamics of quantum systems have a deep connection with work in Quantum Information Theory.
This interdisciplinary workshop that brings together philosophers and physicists to explore the philosophical and foundational implications of the resource-theoretic turn in thermodynamics. View speaker abstracts on the conference program.
Tony Bartolotta California Institute of Technology, Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics
Joshua Luczak Lebniz Universität Hannover, Institute of Philosophy
Owen Maroney University of Oxford, Faculty of Philosophy
Markus Müller Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information Vienna
Wayne C. Myrvold The University of Western Ontario, Philosophy
Nelly Ng Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Physics
Carina Prunkl University of Oxford, Balliol College, Philosophy
Robert Spekkens Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Quantum Foundations
Jos Uffink University of Minnesota, Philosophy
David Wallace University of Southern California, Philosophy
This workshop is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, The Rotman Institute of Philosophy, The Department of Philosophy of the University of Western Ontario, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Western Ontario, and by Graham and Gale Wright, who generously sponsor the Graham and Gale Wright Distinguished Professor Award.