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442632 VO Lecture series on foundations of physics: scientific realism (2018S)

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Languages: Deutsch, Englisch

Examination dates

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Vorbesprechung: MO 05.03.2018 13.00-15.00 Ort: Erwin-Schrödinger-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 5. Stk., 1090 Wien

Planned Schedule:

Thursdays 16:00 - 19:00, Boltzmann-Hörsaal
Faculty of Physics, Boltzmanngasse 5, ground floor

08.03. A Philosophical Introduction to Scientific Realism - Martin Kusch, University of Vienna
22.03. The de Broglie-Bohm Pilot-Wave-Theory - Antony Valentini, Clemson University (USA)
12.04. The Many-Observer Problem of Quantum Mechanics - Amanda Gefter, MIT (USA)
(!) 26.04. The Epistemic View of Quantum States - Robert Spekkens, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (CA)
03.05. Information-based Realism - Anton Zeilinger, University of Vienna
17.05. QBism, or Quantum Bettabilitarianism - Christopher Fuchs, University of Massachusetts Boston (USA)
07.06. Relational Quantum Mechanics - Carlo Rovelli, Aix-Marseille Université (F)
14.06. Scientific Realism within Logical Empiricism - Friedrich Stadler, University of Vienna
21.06. Transactional Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics - Ruth Kastner, University of Maryland (USA)


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Aims, contents and method of the course

Whether there exists a reality to be described by science is one of the oldest questions in philosophy of science. Are theoretical entities merely useful predictive tools or a faithful description of an outside real world?

Crucial fundamental issues in quantum theory, such as the ontological status of the wave function and of the properties of particles are still heatedly debated. N. David Mermin points out [1] that disagreement about the meaning of quantum theory is stronger than ever - new interpretations appear every day, but none of them ever disappear. Following Adan Cabello’s proposal [2] to rank interpretations according to their “level of reality”, we have invited some of the most prominent representatives of different interpretations to reconsider the foundations of Scientific Realism.

Despite the clear importance of the concept of realism in the studies of natural sciences, fundamental issues of such kind are rarely treated in as much detail as they would deserve. This lecture series was thus thought and organized by a group of students of the University of Vienna from different scientific fields, who aim at contributing to a sensitization towards the significance of philosophical and fundamental investigation in science.

See: https://naturwissenschaftscafe.wordpress.com/2018/01/19/lecture-series-on-foundations-of-science-scientific-realism/
for further information contact: delsantoflavio@gmail.com

[1] Mermin, D. Phys. Today 65, 7, 8–10 (2012)
[2] Cabello, A. arXiv:1509.04711v2 (2015)

Assessment and permitted materials

Written exam at the end of the semester.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Theoretical Physics 2: Quantum Mechanics

Examination topics

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Reading list

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Association in the course directory

MaG 17, MaG 18, MaV 5

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