Quantum Time

March 28-29, 2014, Pittsburg, PA, United States

Center for Philosophy of Science
817 Cathedral of Learning
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Many of the problems of time in physics are old and well-known, and their morals for metaphysics have been explored. In this workshop, we propose to attack a newer problem: How is quantum time special? More specifically, this workshop will explore the ways in which quantum theory leads to new insights about the nature of time, and how thinking about the role of time may lead to insights about quantum theory. Topics may include (although they are not limited to) the problem of time in quantum gravity, quantum time observables, temporal symmetry violation, and the unitary and non-unitary implementability of time evolution in quantum theory. The conference includes an open call for papers presenting fresh new ideas. The open call participants will join the three invited speakers below. We welcome both philosophers and physicists, with the hope that this workshop may provide a useful forum for interdisciplinary engagement for both.

Invited Speakers:
Abhay Ashtekar (Pennsylvania State University)
Juan Gonzalo Muga (University of the Basque Country)
Laura Ruetsche (University of Michigan)

Organizing Committee:
Thomas Pashby (University of Pittsburgh)
Bryan W. Roberts (London School of Economics)
Giovanni Valente (University of Pittsburgh)

Posted: February 10, 2014