Philosophy Beyond Borders

Quantum mechanics is arguably the most puzzling physical theory we have ever had. On the one hand, it makes excellent empirical predictions; on the other, we know that it cannot be the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Trying to understand quantum mechanics while keeping its predictive success has led to alternative formulations of the theory. One of the most suggestive of these, Hugh Everett III’s pure wave mechanics, describes a quantum universe constantly evolving into many parallel, also-splitting universes, each containing copies of every observer and object.

Let's consider such possibilities in the conversation between Jeffrey Alan Barrett, Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the UC Irvine School of Social Sciences in California (USA) and Senior Fellow at the Zukunftskolleg, and Guido Burkard, Professor for Physics at the University of Konstanz, chaird by Dominik Wöll, Fellow of the Zukunftskolleg in Chemistry.

The last event of our event series Philosophy Beyond Borders will take place under the heading:

"Reality and Quantum Information:A Conversation between a Theoretical Physicist and a Philosopher."

Wednesday, 16th of May 2012
5.00 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.
in V 1001 (Senatsaal)

followed by a modest reception