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Emily Adlam


  • Foundations of Quantum Mechanics

  • Philosophy of Physics


  • Rotman Institute of Philosophy
    Western University
    Western Interdisciplinary Research Building, 7138
    London, Ontario, Canada
    N6A 3K7


Postdoctoral Associate;
Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Western University

I work on the foundations of quantum mechanics and related issues in the philosophy of physics. At the moment I’m particularly interested in approaches to physics which go beyond the time evolution paradigm – encompassing a range of possibilities like temporal non-locality, retrocausality, and all-at-once laws. I’m also interested in pursuing the consequences of these possibilities for philosophical topics like laws and determinism. And I’m looking into recent developments in the quantum clocks research programme and trying to understand what these results tell us about the nature of time.

I received my PhD in relativistic quantum information from the University of Cambridge. Prior to that I completed the Perimeter Scholar’s International programme in theoretical physics, and I did my undergraduate degree in physics and philosophy at the Univeristy of Oxford.

Adlam, E. (2021). Foundations of Quantum Mechanics (Elements in the Philosophy of Physics). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Adlam, E. Contextuality, Fine-Tuning and Teleological Explanation. Found Phys 51, 106 (2021).

Adlam E. The Operational Choi–Jamiołkowski Isomorphism. Entropy. 2020; 22(9):1063

Adlam E. Spooky Action at a Temporal Distance. Entropy. 2018; 20(1):41.

Adlam E. and Kent A. Quantum paradox of choice: More freedom makes summoning a quantum state harder. Phys. Rev. A. 2016; 93, 062327

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