**Previous Events**

• The Foundations of Physics @Harvard series is co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy

• Seminar talks are generally 1 hour each, followed by 1 hour for questions

• You can visit the YouTube channel here

Questions or comments: Jacob Barandes, <lastname>(at)g.harvard.edu (organizer)

• **“****The Common Logical Structure of Classical and Quantum Mechanics (and All Scientific Theories)****” (September ****20*** , 2022)*– Gabriele Carcassi (University of Michigan)

• **“****Laws of Nature as Constraints” (September 6, 2022)**

– Emily Adlam (Rotman Institute and Western University)

• **“****Bayesian Epistemology in a Quantum World” (August 23, 2022)**

– Alexander Meehan (Yale University)

• **“Interpreting Toy Theories, With an Application to Symmetries” (August 9, 2022)**

– David Baker (University of Michigan)

• **“The Disappearance and Reappearance of Potential Energy in Classical and Quantum Electrodynamics” (****July**** ****26****, 202****2****)**

– Chip Sebens (California Institute of Technology)

• **Mini-Workshop on the Quantum Measurement Problem (June 29, 2021)**

– Lev Vaidman (Tel Aviv University): “The Measurement Problem and its Solution in the Framework of the Many-Worlds Interpretation”

– Vanessa Seifert (University of Bristol): “The Measurement Problem as a Solution to Chemical Problems”

– David Chalmers (New York University), Kelvin McQueen (Chapman University): “Consciousness and the Collapse of the Wave Function”

• **Mini-Workshop on QBism and the Interpretation of Quantum Theory (May 25, 2021)**

– Christopher Fuchs (University of Massachusetts Boston): “QBism and the Philosophers”

– Jacques Pienaar (University of Massachusetts Boston): “Challenges to Defining a QBist Ontology”

– Chris Timpson (Oxford): “QBism, Ontology, and Explanation”

• **Mini-Workshop on Infinities and Idealizations (April 27, 2021)**

– Patricia Palacios (Salzburg): “The Paradox of Infinite Limits: A Realist Response”

– Elay Shech (Auburn): “Scientific Understanding, Modal Reasoning, and (Infinite) Idealization”

– Samuel Fletcher (Minnesota): “Emergence, Explanation, and (Infinite) Idealization”

• **Mini-Workshop on ****Naturalness and Renormalization (March 30, 2021)**

– Arianna Borrelli (Leuphana University Lüneburg): “An Argument for All Seasons: Naturalness and the Hierarchy Problem as Flexible Heuristic Tools in High Energy Physics”

– Alexander Franklin (King’s College London): “Emergence, Autonomy, and Naturalness”

– Joshua Rosaler (RWTH Aachen University): “Dogmas of Effective Field Theory: Fundamental Parameters, Scheme Dependence, and the Many Faces of the Higgs Naturalness Principle”

• **Mini-Workshop on ****Structural Realism (February 16, 2021)**

– James Ladyman (Bristol): “What is Ontic Structural Realism?”

– Kerry McKenzie (UCSD): “Structuralism as a Stance”

– Emily Adlam (Western Ontario): “Generalized Probabilistic Theories as Structural Realism”

• **Mini-Workshop on ****Black Holes (January 19, 2021)**

– Erik Curiel (LMU Munich): “Singularities in Classical and Semi-Classical Gravity—Theory Failure or New Physics?”

– Mina Himwich (Harvard): “Illuminating Black Holes”

– Lydia Patton (Virginia Tech): “Theories and Parameters: Building a Testing Framework for Black Hole Astronomy”

• **Mini-Workshop on ****Probability and Undecidability (December 15, 2020)**

– Snow Xueyin Zhang (Princeton): “The Borel-Kolmogorov Paradox as a Paradox for Physical Chance”

– Klaas Landsman (Radboud University Nijmegen): “Determinism and Undecidability: You Can’t Eat Your Cake and Have it Too”

– Markus Müller (Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information): “The Room in the Elephant: From Undecidability as Undifferentiation to Physics Without a World”

• **Mini-Workshop on the ****History of Quantum Foundations (November 17, 2020)**

– Adam Becker: “ ‘Not Merely False, but Foolish’: The History of Bell’s Two Theorems”

– Elise Crull (CCNY): “Grete Hermann’s Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics”

– Chris Mitsch (UC Irvine): “Von Neumann’s Axiomatic Completion of Quantum Mechanics”

• **Mini-Workshop on ****Causation (October 22, 2020)**

– Holly Andersen (Simon Fraser): “Causation is to Information as Work is to Energy”

– Matthew Leifer (Chapman): “Block Universe Ontological Models: A Framework for Theories with Retrocausality”

– Eric Cavalcanti (Griffith): “Implications of Wigner’s Friend Paradox for Quantum Causality”

• **Mini-Workshop on ****the Foundations of Spacetime (September 22, 2020)**

– Alyssa Ney (UC Davis): “From Quantum Entanglement to Spatiotemporal Distance”

– Eleanor Knox (King’s College London): “How to be a Spacetime Functionalist”

– Karen Crowther (Oslo): “Principles of Quantum Gravity”

• **Mini-Workshop on ****the Many Worlds of Everettian Quantum Theory (August 18, 2020)**

– Sean Carroll (Caltech): “Mad-Dog Everettianism”

– David Albert (Columbia): “Worries About Accounts of Probability in Everettian Understandings of Quantum Mechanics”

• **Mini-Workshop on the ****Foundations of Thermodynamics (July 15, 2020)**

– Orly Shenker (Hebrew University of Jerusalem): “Is Everything Physical? The Entropy of Computation and the Computational Theory of Mind”

– Katie Robertson (Birmingham): “In Search of the Holy Grail: How to Reduce the Second Law of Thermodynamics”

– Eddy Keming Chen (UC San Diego): “Nomic Vagueness, the Past Hypothesis, and Time’s Arrow in a Quantum Universe”

• **Mini-Workshop on ****the Meaning of the Wave Function (June 15, 2020)**

– Valia Allori (Northern Illinois): “The Wavefunction is as the Wavefunction Does”

– David Wallace (Pittsburgh): “A Critique of Wave-Function Realism”

– Nina Emery (Mount Holyoke and UMass Amherst): “The Governing Conception of the Wavefunction”

• **Mini-Workshop on the ****Foundations of Quantum Field Theory (May 15, 2020)**

– Chip Sebens (Caltech): “Electron Spin and Field Quantization”

– Jacob Barandes (Harvard): “How Quantum or Field-Theoretic is Quantum Field Theory?”

– Noel Swanson (Delaware): “CPT, Spin-Statistics, and Non-Causal Explanation”