Philosophy of Physics Research Seminars Trinity Term 2022

Convened by Simon Saunders
All seminars will take place in person at 4.30 p.m. on Thursdays of Trinity Term in the Lecture Room of Radcliffe Humanities, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG. Talks will also be streamed, recorded, and (with speaker’s consent) published on our new You Tube channel

Those on the philosophy of physics mailing list will receive an invitation to join the meetings online; others should contact the convenor directly.

Abstracts are posted weekly.

Week 1 (28th April): Ard Louis (Oxford, physics)
An algorithmic version of Occam’s razor in machine learning and biological evolution

Week 2 (5th May):Julian Barbour (Independent, physics)
Complexity as Time

Week 3 (12th May): Tomasz Bigaj (Warsaw, philosophy)
Entanglement and discernibility of identical particles

Week 4 (19th May): Jim Al Khalili (Surrey, physics)
Life on the Edge: the dawn of quantum biology

Week 5 (26th May): Nick Huggett (Illinois, philosophy)
Quantum gravity in a laboratory

Week 6 (2nd June):Simon Saunders (Oxford, philosophy)
Probability and branch-counting in the decoherence-based Everett interpretation of quantum mechanics

\Week 7 (9th June): Fay Dowker (Imperial, physics)
Recovering General Relativity from a Planck scale discrete theory of quantum gravity

Week 8 (16th June): Oliver Pooley (Oxford, philosophy)
Models of the open future and relativistic physics