Seminar Program

Video recordings of the talks are available through the YouTube channel Beyond Spacetime:

Liveblogging transcripts, slides, and accompanying papers can be accessed by clicking the titles below.

Session Speakers
Friday 9/27/13
1.00-1.30 Welcome and Introduction Nick Huggett (Illinois, Chicago) and Christian Wüthrich (California, San Diego) – Why ‘Philosophical’ Foundations? (slides)
1.30-3.00 Applications of Philosophy Chair: Nick Huggett Sam Fletcher (California, Irvine) – Reduction and Causal Set Theory’s Hauptvermutung*
Maria Kon (Sydney) Conceptual Analysis and Quantum Gravity*.
3.15-4.45 Cosmological Insights
Chair: Dave Baker
Daniele Oriti (Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics) – Disappearance and Emergence of Space and Time in Quantum Gravity; Tom Pashby (Pittsburgh) – (No) Time for Quantum Gravity?
5.00-6.30 Conservative or Radical?
Chair: Christian Wüthrich
James Mattingly (Georgetown) – Non-quantum Micro-gravity; Daniel Sudarsky (UNAM – Mexico City) – Interface of Quantum Theory and Gravity at the Origin of the Structure of the Universe.
7.00-10.00  Dinner/Reception – Jak’s Tap, 901 W Jackson
Saturday 9/28/13
9.15-10.15 Where is Canonical Quantum Gravity Today? Bianca Dittrich (Perimeter Institute)
10.15-11.15 Canonical Quantum Gravity for Philosophers (of Physics) Christian Wüthrich (California, San Diego)
11.30-1.30 Loop Quantum Gravity
Chair: Nick Huggett
Elise Crull (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) – The Role of Decoherence in Quantum Loop Dynamics*; David Schroeren (Oxford) – Decoherent Histories of Spin Networks; Francesca Vidotto (Radboud University Nijmegen) – Atomism and Relationalism as Guiding Principles for Quantum Gravity.
 Lunch provided at the workshop
2.30-3.30 Where is String Theory today? Jeff Harvey (Chicago)
3.30-4.30 String Theory for Philosophers (of Physics) Nick Huggett (Illinois, Chicago)
5-6.30 Duality
Chair: Christian Wüthrich
Eleanor Knox (King’s College London) – The Dimensions of Duality*; Nicholas Teh (Cambridge) – Philosophical Perspectives on the Gauge-Gravity Duality*.
Sunday 9/29/13
9.30-11.00 Insights from Existing Physics
Chair: James Harrington
Jonathan Bain (Polytechnic Institute of New York University) – Three Principles of Quantum Gravity in the Condensed Matter ApproachJ. Brian Pitts (Cambridge) – A First Class Constraint Generates Not a Gauge Transformation, But a (Bad) Physical Change: The Cases of Maxwell and GR.
11.15-12.45 Quantum Gravity and Dynamical Spacetime
Chair: Jon Jarrett
Mark Shumelda (Toronto/Yukon College) – Back to Basics: Background Independence and Spacetime in Quantum Gravity*; Tiziana Vistarini (Rutgers University) – Some Remarks on the Emergent Character of Spacetime in String Theory*.
1.00-2.00 Rapporteur session Jeremy Butterfield (Cambridge)
* indicates a work-in-progress submission.

This meeting is generously supported by the National Science Foundation (SES-1256646), the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the UIC Institute for the Humanities.


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