History for Physics: Quantum Foundations

Montag, 23. September 2019 09:00 - 17:00

Dienstag, 24. September 2019 10:00 - 18:00

Ort: Lise-Meitner-Hörsaal, Strudlhofgasse 4, 1. Stock

IQOQI-Vienna and the Max Planck Institute for History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin are organizing a series of symposia on the history for physics, aiming at demonstrating the importance of the history of physics for current research in physics itself. International researchers, students as well as general interested public are invited.

The core format will be that of tandem talks. Each tandem will pair two talks, one given by a physicist on a current research topic, the other given by a historian of physics providing the historical context to this topic. In particular, physicists Daniel Greenberger and Christopher Fuchs will retrace some of the momentous results of the early days of modern quantum foundations and the rise of quantum information theory. At the same time, historians of physics Olival Freire Jr. and David Kaiser will reconstruct the historical context in which this “second quantum revolution” took place, providing insights on the main open questions and discoveries of that time, as well as on the difficulties that the protagonists of the period had to face to be recognized with a new independent field of research.

Every tandem will be followed by a discussion. In addition to the tandems, there will be a panel discussion on the role of the history of physics in both research and in academic structures.

Organisers: IQOQI-Vienna and MPIWG-Berlin

Contacts: Flavio Del Santo (IQOQI-Vienna, University of Vienna) and Bernadette Lessel (MPIWG) hfp@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

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Lise-Meitner-Hörsaal, Strudlhofgasse 4, 1. Stock