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With and without Measure: Symmetry and Symmetry Breaking (20 June 2017)

Idea & Motivation

Symmetries are a profound and fascinating aspect of the structure of physical theories—both when they obtain, and when they cease to do so. This one-day workshop will bring together researchers with interests in symmetry and symmetry-breaking, to explore the multifarious consequences of these phenomena for the foundations of physics.



11:15 - 11:30 Welcome and Introduction
Session I: Quantum Theory
11:30 - 12:15 Stephan Hartmann (LMU/MCMP): Symmetries and Asymmetries in Open Quantum Systems
12:15 - 13:00 Bryan Roberts (LSE): Against Unitarity 
13:00 - 14:20 Lunch
Session II: Classical and Statistical Mechanics
14:20 - 15:05 Johanna Wolff (King’s College/MCMP): Symmetries and Measurement Theory
15:05 - 15:50 Lena Zuchowski (Salzburg): Symmetry and Asymmetry on the Multicoloured Kac-Ring
15:50 - 16:10 Coffee Break
Session III: Space Time
16:10 - 16:55 Sam Fletcher (Minnesota/MCMP): Approximate Space-time Symmetries
16:55 - 17:40 Sarita Rosenstock (Irvine): Gauge Symmetries in Various Formalisms
17:40 - 18:00 Coffee Break
Keynote Speaker
18:00 - 19:10 Jos Uffink (Minnesota): Time Reversal Asymmetry and Statistical Physics


This workshop is generously supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and organised by the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP, LMU Munich).




Edmund-Rumpler-Straße 9
D-80939 München
Room A023/A027

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