Archive for December 2005

Support the APS topical group

22nd December 2005

As you may know, the American Physical Society has recently opened a topical group on Quantum Information, Concepts and Compuation, which covers the foundations of quantum mechanics within its remit (under the “concepts” heading I suppose).  There will be a special session on the Foundations of Quantum Theory at the APS March Meeting in Baltimore this year.

Although the abstract submission deadline has passed, I’d like to encourage everyone involved in quantum foundations to attend.  The APS has not always looked favourably on foundational studies and it has been difficult to get foundations papers published in their journals in the past.  The topical group could open the way for a new era of respectability for the subject within the APS, so making sure that the special session is well attended seems like a very good idea to me.  In any case, besides the political point, the talks are bound to be interesting.

Welcome to Quantum Quandries

22nd December 2005

A hearty welcome to my currently nonexistent readership. This blog is designed to fill a gap in the market for blogs titled “Quantum Somethingorother”, being devoted to the foundations and interpretation of quantum theory. Posts will be aimed at physicists, philosophers, mathematicians and amateurs who are interested in this subject.

In my opinion, it is high time that we demonstrated to the rest of the academic community that this is a serious subject, with many important questions to answer and experiments to perform. With this in mind, you should bear in mind the following rules:

  • Comments are moderated and should be relevant to the topic of the post. I don’t want every discussion to degenerate into an argument about the exact meaning of Bell’s Theorem, as happens on certain physics discussion sites that will remain nameless.
  • This is a guaranteed crank free zone. No comments publicizing nonsensical theories or “proving” that “Einstein was wrong” will be allowed.

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