Quantum Foundations and the Problems of Time

January 19, 2016
Institute for Advanced Studies , University of Bristol

Royal Fort House
United Kingdom


Julian Barbour
University of Oxford
Eliahu Cohen
University of Bristol
Peter Evans
University of Queensland
Sean Gryb
Radboud University Nijmegen
Huw Price
Cambridge University
University of Bristol
Karim Thébault
University of Bristol

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Quantum Foundations and the Problems of Time

19th January 2016

Institute for Advanced Studies, Royal Fort House, University of Bristol 


Time is a concept of central concern to both physicists and philosophers. It is thus, unsurprisingly, a topic of particular interest to the community of `foundations of physics’ researchers, working in the borderlands between the two disciplines. Two prominent questions relating to time in the foundations of modern physics are: i) the status of the `causal arrow of time’ in quantum theory; and ii) the supposed `disappearance of time’ in theories of quantum gravity. This workshop will bring together researches working at the cutting edge of each of these two `problems of time’, with a view towards the cross-pollination of ideas and the forging of interdisciplinary links.

Speakers: Julian Barbour (Oxford), Eliahu Cohen (Bristol), Peter Evans (Queensland), Sean Gryb (Radboud), Huw Price (Cambridge), Karim Thébault (Bristol).

Organizers: James Ladyman (Bristol), Karim Thébault (Bristol), 

Please email: [email protected] to register for participation.



10:00 - 11:00 Pete Evans (Queensland). Quantum causal models, faithfulness and retrocausality

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:30 Eliahu Cohen (Bristol). Quantum to classical transitions via weak measurements and robustness under time reversal.

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break

13:30 - 14:30 Karim Thébault (Bristol). Relational quantization and the problem of time.

14:30 - 15:30 Sean Gryb (Radbound). Schrödinger evolution for the universe. 

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:00 Julian Barbour (Oxford). Arrows of time in unconfined systems.

17:00 - 18:00 Huw Price (Cambridge). Eddington Meets the Parisian Zigzag


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