We are delighted to announce that the International Workshop on “The Meaning of the Wave Function” will be held at Shanxi University, Taiyuan (also known as the Dragon City), China, from October 12, 2018 to October 14, 2018. The workshop is organized by the Research Center for Philosophy of Science and Technology of Shanxi University.
The meaning of the wave function has been a hot topic of debate since the early days of quantum mechanics. Recent years have witnessed a growing interest in this long-standing question. Is the wave function ontic, directly representing a state of reality, or epistemic, merely representing a state of incomplete knowledge, or something else? If the wave function is not ontic, then what, if any, is the underlying state of reality? If the wave function is indeed ontic, then what physical state does it represent? And exactly what is the ontology of quantum mechanics?
In his book “The Meaning of the Wave Function: In Search of the Ontology of Quantum Mechanics” (CUP, 2017), Gao proposed a promising new way to solve these deep questions, and he also suggested a novel realist interpretation of quantum mechanics in terms of random discontinuous motion of particles. The aim of this workshop is to bring together leading experts in the field in order to discuss and evaluate Gao’s approach to quantum mechanics, draw both connections and differences between his approach and other approaches, promote collaborations, and envision new objectives for future research.
Steve Adler, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA (video talk)
Valia Allori, Northern Illinois University, USA
Angelo Bassi, University of Trieste, Italy
Lajos Diósi, Wigner Research Center for Physics, Hungary
Michael Esfeld, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland (video talk)
Shan Gao, Shanxi University, China
Adrian Kent, University of Cambridge, UK (video talk)
Peter J. Lewis, Dartmouth College, USA
Tim Maudlin, New York University, USA
Dean Rickles, University of Sydney, Australia (video talk)
Lev Vaidman, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Jie Yin, Shanxi University
Shan Gao, Shanxi University
Kaining Wang, Shanxi University
Dan Zhao, Shanxi University
Dexin Li, Shanxi University
Xuechuan Wang, Shanxi University
Yanyan Wang, Shanxi University
If you would like to attend the workshop, please contact Prof. Shan Gao by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We shall be able to cover the accommodation expenses of a few more abroad participants. We look forward to seeing you at the workshop in Taiyuan!