Lorentz Center - Part and Whole in Physics from 22 Mar 2010 through 26 Mar 2010
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    Part and Whole in Physics
    from 22 Mar 2010 through 26 Mar 2010

 

Program  

 

All lectures take place in room 201 of the Huygens Building. Each lecture consists of about 45 min. talk and 15 min. discussion. 

 

Monday March 22: Objects, Existence and Composition

09.00 – 10.00            Coffee and tea, registration

10.00 – 10.15            Welcome by the manager of the Lorentz Center and the scientific

organizers

10.15 – 11.15            L.A. Paul What is the mereological structure of the world?

11.15 – 11.45            Coffee break

11.45 – 12.45            Jeremy Butterfield Parts, Wholes and Emergence: Some Basics

12.45 – 14.00            Lunch and informal discussion

14.00 – 15.00            Leo Kadanoff Connecting Theories via Renormalization

15.00 – 15.30            Coffee break

15.30 – 16.30            Jos Uffink What is quantum theory about?

16.30 – 17.30            Discussion

17.30 – 19.00            Wine and cheese party 

 

Tuesday March 23: Basic Building Blocks in Physics and Metaphysics

09.30 – 10.30            Hilary Greaves What does "What is everything made of?" presuppose?

10.30 – 11.00            Coffee break

11.00 – 12.00            Gerard ‘t Hooft Emergent Quantum Mechanics

12.00 – 13.30            Lunch and informal discussion

13.30 – 14.30            Doreen Fraser The fate of `particles' in quantum field theories with

interactions

14.30 – 15.00            Coffee break

15.00 – 16.00            Paul Teller Part and Whole in False Theories

16.00 – 17.00            Discussion session

 

Wednesday March 24: Composition in Physics and Metaphysics

09.30 – 10.30            M.P. Seevinck Composite systems and their representation in

quantum and classical physics

10.00 – 11.00            Coffee break

11.00 – 12.00            Daniel Arovas Part and Whole in Condensed Matter Physics

12.00 – 13.30            Lunch and informal discussion

13.30 – 14.30            Andreas Huettemann Physicalism and the part-whole relation

14.30 – 15.00            Coffee break

15.00 – 16.00            Discussion session

16.15                          Departure by bus to the Kamerlingh Onnesbuilding of Leiden

University, Steenschuur 25 (A.144)

17.00 – 18.00            Public Lecture by Richard Healey: A Lego Universe? The physical construction of the world.

18.00 – 18.45            Reception

18.45                          Departure to Restaurant Scheltema

19.00                          Workshop Dinner at Restaurant Scheltema

 

Thursday March 25: Ontological Emergence in Physics and Metaphysics

09.30 – 10.30            David Wallace Emergent multiplicity: Everett, decoherence, and

classical structure

10.30 – 11.00            Coffee break

11.00 – 12.00            James Ladyman Physics and the ‘Real Patterns’ theory of

ontology

12.00 – 13.30            Lunch and informal discussion

13.30 – 14.30            Stephan Hartmann Confirmation and Reduction: A Bayesian

Account

14.30 – 15.00            Coffee break

15.00 – 16.00            Terry Horgan Vagueness, Ontological Monism and Weak

Emergence

16.00 – 17.00            Discussion session 

 

Friday March 26: Individuals, Structures and Complex Systems

09.30 – 10.30            Richard Healey Physical Composition

10.30 – 11.00            Coffee break

11.00 – 12.00            Steven French The Dependence of Objects on Structure: Tailoring

our Metaphysics to Fit the Physics

12.00 – 13.30            Lunch and informal discussion

13.30 – 14.30            GianCarlo Ghirardi The parts and the whole: a) the implications of

collapse theories and b) the case of identical constituents

14.30 – 15.00            Coffee break

15.00 – 16.00            Wrap up discussion               
       



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