Quantum states: ontic or epistemic



On 25-26 June, the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHPSTM), University of Aberdeen, will hold a workshop on 'Quantum States: ontic or epistemic?', with additional generous support from the Scots Philosophical Association.

Registration is free but space is limited, so please email Guido Bacciagaluppi (g.bacciagaluppi (at) abdn.ac.uk) in advance if you wish to attend. Please also indicate if you wish to come to dinner on 25 June.

Most of the talks will be recorded for the Archive of Mathematical Sciences and Philosophy (http://www.archmathsci.org/).

Please note also that on 27-29 June, the Quantum Interactions 2011 meeting will take place at RGU (http://www.rgu.ac.uk/areas-of-study/subjects/computing/news-and-events/e...).

== Programme of the CHPSTM workshop ==

All talks held in MacRobert 268, University of Aberdeen main campus (Old Aberdeen).

* Saturday 25 June:
** 14:00-14:45 Guido Bacciagaluppi (Aberdeen), Aspects of the 'Bornian' and 'Schrödingerian' views of the wavefunction
** 14:45-15:30 Jonathan Oppenheim (Cambridge) [via videolink?], title TBA
** 15:30-16:00 coffee
** 16:00-16:45 Jonathan Barrett (Royal Holloway, London), title TBA
** 16:45-17:30 Paul Busch (York), title TBA
** 17:30-18:15 Ilja Schmelzer (Banjul, Gambia) [TBC], The paleoclassical interpretation of quantum theory
** 19:00-ca. 22:00 dinner

* Sunday 26 June:
** 09:15 -10:00 Alberto Montina (Perimeter Institute, Ontario), Ontological dimension and quantum information complexity
** 10:00-10:45 Hans Westman (Sydney), Two failed (?) attempts at digesting the indigestible wavefunction
** 10:45-11:15 coffee
** 11:15-12:00 Harald Atmanspacher (IGPP, Freiburg i. Br.), title TBA
** 12:00-12:45 Alexei Grinbaum (CEA, Saclay), What is epistemic besides quantum states?
** 12:45-14:45 lunch
** 14:45-15:30 Christopher Fuchs (Perimeter Institute, Ontario), A quantum state just IS a probability distribution
** 15:30-16:15 Jos Uffink (Utrecht), Entropy, entanglement and utility