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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).



For questions about the workshop, please contact Giovanni Valente (


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

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