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Foundations of Chemistry special issue

After a delay due to involuntary causes, we are pleased to announce that we are going to publish a volume of “Selected Contributions” on occasion of the ISPC 2015 Conference (Rio de Janeiro).

This volume will be published by Springer in "Foundations of Chemistry", and the call for contributions is open not only to those who actually attended the Conference, but also to those researchers that initially were going to attend and later on were unable to. We want to stress that this is not intended to be a volume of proceedings but a sort of special issue on philosophy and history of chemistry inspired by talks and discussions at ISPC 2015.

If you wish your paper to be included in this special issue, the deadline for submission is on September 30th, 2017. Your submission should be e-mailed to

ispc.2015.volumegmail.com

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any question. Also, we would be very grateful if you forward this letter to anyone who may be interested.

Please also note that all submissions must conform to the attached «Instructions for Authors». However, you may ignore the instructions for submitting your paper online since you will be sending your submissions directly to us.


Sebastian Fortin, Camilo Martinez Gonzalez, Alfio Zambon and Waldmir Araujo Neto

 

 

 
 

New book: What is Quantum Information?

What is Quantum Information?


Editors:
Olimpia Lombardi, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and National Council of Scientific and Technical Research
Sebastian Fortin, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and National Council of Scientific and Technical Research
Federico Holik, National University of La Plata, Argentina, and National Council of Scientific and Technical Research
Cristian López, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and National Council of Scientific and Technical Research

Contributors: Armond Duwell, Jeffrey Bub, Dennis Dieks, Juan Roederer, Adán Cabello, Amit Hagar, David Wallace, Federico Holik, Gustavo Martin Bosyk, Guido Bellomo, Ángel Ricardo Plastino, Sebastian Fortin, Olimpia Lombardi,Cristian López.

isbn: 9781107142114
 

Description: Combining physics and philosophy, this is a uniquely interdisciplinary examination of quantum information science which provides an up-to-date examination of developments in this field. The authors provide coherent definitions and theories of information, taking clearly defined approaches to considering information in connection with quantum mechanics, probability, and correlations. Concepts addressed include entanglement of quantum states, the relation of quantum correlations to quantum information, and the meaning of the informational approach for the foundations of quantum mechanics. Furthermore, the mathematical concept of information in the communicational context, and the notion of pragmatic information are considered. Suitable as both a discussion of the conceptual and philosophical problems of this field and a comprehensive stand-alone introduction, this book will benefit both experienced and new researchers in quantum information and the philosophy of physics.
- A unique multi-perspective discussion of the conceptual and philosophical problems of quantum information science, ensuring cross-discipline relevance
- Brings together several of the foremost academics working in quantum information science from across a range of disciplines
- Provides both a discussion of the conceptual subtleties of quantum information science and a comprehensive standalone introduction to the field

 

 
 

VI Jornadas de Fundamentos de Cuántica

We are pleased to invite you to VI Jornadas de Fundamentos de Cuántica: "El problema del observador en Mecánica Cuántica" ( Sixth Conference on Quantum Foundation: "The observer effect in Quantum Mechanics,") which will be held on 12, 13 and 14 December 2016, in the Science and Technology Center CONICET, Calle 8 1467, La Plata.

There is no inscription fee.

The event is especially aimed at researchers, postdoctoral fellows and doctoral and graduate students interested in the foundations of quantum mechanics. In addition to guest presentations, will be dictated a course oriented to advanced undergraduate students and graduate students: fundamentoscuantica@gmail.com
 


web site:

http://www.lls-ceilap.com/events.html

Organizers VI JFC

Mariela Portesi (IFLP, CONICET & UNLP)
Olimpia Lombardi (UBA & CONICET)
Alejandro Hnilo (CEILAP - CITEDEF & CONICET)
Federico Holik (IFLP, CONICET)
Sebastian Fortin (UBA & CONICET)
Gustavo Bosyk (IFLP, CONICET)

 

 
 
On Monday, May 23, 2016, the defense of the doctoral thesis of the member of our group Juan Camilo Martínez Gonzáles was held at the National University of Tres de Febrero.


Title: “PROBLEMAS EPISTEMOLÓGICOS DE LA QUÍMICA CUÁNTICA”.
Degree: Doctor in Epistemology and History of Science
Directors: Dr. Klaus Ruthenberg and Dr. Olimpia Lombardi.


The group congratulates the new doctor and his directors for the excellent work done.


 

 
 

V Jornadas de Fundamentos de Cuántica

Problemas ontológicos a 80 años de EPR

Este año nuestro grupo tiene el agrado de co-organizar las V jornadas de fundamentos de cuántica, este año dedicadas a los problemas ontológicos a 80 años de EPR. Las jornadas tendrán lugar en la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, en la Casa de Posgrado de la UNLP Dr Raúl Alfonsín (Ayacucho 132, CABA), del 1 al 4 de diciembre de 2015.

https://sites.google.com/site/vjornadasfundamentoscuantica/

Los interesados en participar Jornadas, por favor regístrense en el sitio a la brevedad. En esta ocasión, la temática central de las Jornadas será acerca de los problemas ontológicos de la mecánica cuántica y temas relacionados a EPR. Por supuesto, serán bienvenidas propuesta de charlas que se aparten del tópico central pero se mantengan vinculadas a los fundamentos de la mecánica cuántica.

Estas jornadas, serán la continuación de las reuniones realizadas en Buenos Aires en 2011 (link), en La Plata en 2012 (link), en Córdoba en 2013 (link) y en Rosario en 2014 (link).


Organizadores: Gustavo Bosyk, Sebastian Fortin, Federico Holik, Olimpia Lombardi, Mariela Portesi.

 

 
 
Ciclo de Charlas:

Fundamentos de la Física y de la Computación

Las charlas se realizaran en el Pabellón II de la FCEN, Planta Baja. Aula de seminario. 18 y 19 de Mayo de 2015.

Lunes 18 de Mayo 15 hs:

Quantum contextuality: Theory, experiments, applications and implications, Adan Cabello, Universidad de Sevilla, España.

Lunes 18 de Mayo 16:30 hs:

The invasion of physics by information theory, Robert Spekkens, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Canadá.



Martes 19 de Mayo 16 hs:

Desiderata for an analysis of computation, Armond Duwell, University of Montana, USA.


Resúmenes:

Lunes 18 de Mayo 15 hs. Adan Cabello, Universidad de Sevilla.

Quantum contextuality: Theory, experiments, applications and implications

In quantum theory, marginal probabilities are "non-contextual", that is, independent of the set of compatible observables they are extracted from. However, quantum probabilities cannot be explained assuming that measurements reveal pre-existent non-contextual information. This is what we call "contextuality". It can be quantified by the violation of experimentally testable inequalities, similar to Bell inequalities, involving correlations between the results of compatible measurements. Quantum theory violates these inequalities only up to some specific limits which, quite surprisingly, are connected to graph theory. We will discuss how this connection may explain these limits and shed some light on what does quantum theory really mean.

Lunes 18 de Mayo 16:30 hs. Robert Spekkens, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

The invasion of physics by information theory

Many revolutions in physics have been preceded by the discovery of a novel perspective on an existing physical theory. The discovery of least-action principles, symmetry principles, and thermodynamic principles are good historical examples. Information-theoretic principles may well play a similar role in physics today. To make the case for this idea, I will discuss some of the highlights of two resource theories: the resource theory of asymmetry, which characterizes the relations among quantum states that break a symmetry; and the resource theory of athermality, which characterizes the relations among quantum states that deviate from thermal equilibrium. In particular, I will discuss how Noether's theorem does not capture all of the consequences of symmetries of the dynamics, and how the second law of thermodynamics does not capture all of the constraints on thermodynamic transitions. Finally, I will show that both asymmetry and athermality are informational resources, and that rehabilitated versions of Noether's theorem and the second law can both be understood as constraints on information processing. Considerations such as these---as well as evidence from other fronts of the invasion---make a compelling case for the revolutionary cause of reconceiving physics from an information-theoretic perspective.

Martes 19 de Mayo 16 hs. Armond Duwell, University of Montana.

Desiderata for an analysis of computation

An analysis of computation tells us what systems are computational systems and what systems are not. Despite the ubiquity of computers, there is no widely agreed upon analysis. In this talk, I'll discuss the problem of providing an analysis of computation, discuss the desiderata for an analysis of computation, and discuss some candidate analyses and their shortcomings.

 
 
 
 

International Workshop: What is Quantum Information?

Foundations of quantum information theory

Nuestro grupo tiene el agrado de organizar el workshop internacional What is Quantum Information?

El evento se realizará durante el mes de Mayo en la Facultad de Ciencias Exactas de la UBA y contará con la presencia de invitados internacionales de primer nivel. Ya confirmaron su presencia Jeffrey Bub, Adan Cabello, Dennis Dieks, Armond Duwell, Christopher Fuchs, Adrian Kent, Angelo Plastino y Christopher Timpson.

Para ver información sobre el workshop visite el sitio web:

http://www.filoexactas.exactas.uba.ar/information2015

Paralelamente al workshop se realizará una escuela orientada a estudiantes de grado y postgrado sobre el tópico Foundations of quantum information theory. Los interesados en participar de la escuela deberán registrarse cuando abra la inscripción en Marzo de 2015.

Organizadora: Olimpia Lombardi

Colaboradores: Mariana Córdoba, Sebastian Fortin, Federico Holik, Cristian López y Leonardo Vanni.

 
 
 

IV Jornadas de Fundamentos de Cuántica

Fundamentos de la teoría de la información cuántica

Este año nuestro grupo tiene el agrado de organizar las IV jornadas de fundamentos de cuántica, este año dedicadas a los Fundamentos de la teoría de la información cuántica. Las jornadas tendrán lugar en la Ciudad de Rosario, en el Instituto de Física de Rosario (IFIR), los días Jueves 27, Viernes 28 y Sábado 29 de noviembre de 2014.

Para ver información sobre las Jornadas anteriores, pueden consultar el sitio web:

https://sites.google.com/site/ivfundamentoscuantica/

Los interesados en participar Jornadas, por favor regístrense en el sitio a la brevedad. En esta ocasión, la temática central de las Jornadas será acerca de los Fundamentos de la teoría de la información cuántica. Por supuesto, serán bienvenidas propuesta de charlas que se aparten del tópico central pero se mantengan vinculadas a los fundamentos de la mecánica cuántica.

Estas jornadas, serán la continuación de las reuniones realizadas en Buenos Aires en 2011 (link), en La Plata en 2012 (link) y en Córdoba en 2013 (link).


Organizadores: Sebastián Fortin, Federico Holik, Roberto Laura, Olimpia Lombardi.

 

 
 

III Jornadas de Fundamentos de Cuántica

Se encuentra en preparación la organización de estas jornadas, que serán continuación de las reuniones realizadas en Buenos Aires en 2011 (link) y en La Plata en 2012 (link).


Este tercer encuentro se llevará a cabo en la ciudad de Córdoba entre el 20 y el 22 de noviembre del corriente año. Tenemos prácticamente confirmada la participación del conocido especialista en Información Cuántica, el Dr. Karol Życzkowski de la Universidad de Cracovia, Polonia.

 

 
 

Jornadas Internacionales de Filosofía de la Química

El Grupo de Filosofía de las Ciencias de la Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales de la UBA tiene el agrado de invitar a las Jornadas Internacionales de Filosofía de la Química, que contarán con la presencia de los siguientes invitados internacionales:

- Eric Scerri. Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of California, USA.

- Joachim Schummer. University of Karlsruhe, Germany.

- Klaus Ruthenberg. Faculty of Applied Sciences, Coburg University, Germany.

- Pieter Thyssen. Department of Chemistry, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.

- Guillermo Restrepo. Laboratorio de Química Teórica, Universidad de Pamplona, Colombia.


Las jornadas se realizarán el lunes 29 de Julio y el lunes 5 de Agosto de 2013, ambos días a partir de las 15 hs, en el Aula 6 (Subsuelo) del Pabellón 2 de Ciudad Universitaria.
 

 

 
 

Conferencia: A Case for Pluralism in Science

El Grupo de Filosofía de las Ciencias de la Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales de la UBA tiene el agrado de invitar a la conferencia que dictará el Prof. Hasok Chang, titulada “A Case for Pluralism in Science”.

El Prof. Chang es uno de los más prestigiosos filósofos de la ciencia de la actualidad. Actualmente es Hans Rausing Professor of History and Philosophy of Science de la Universidad de Cambridge, y ha recibido el Premio Lakatos por su libro Inventing Temperature: Measurement and Scientific Progress (2004).


El encuentro se realizará el lunes 5 de Agosto de 2013 a las 11 hs, en el Aula 6 (Subsuelo) del Pabellón 2 de Ciudad Universitaria.

Abstract:
I present a defence of pluralism in science, with reference to examples taken primarily from chemistry and physics. I argue that it is beneficial to maintain multiple systems of practice in each field of study. There are two types of benefits of plurality. Benefits of toleration arise from simply allowing multiple systems simultaneously, which provides insurance against unpredictability, compensation for the limitations of each system, and multiple satisfaction of any given aim. Benefits of interaction arise from the integration of different systems for specific purposes, the co-optation of beneficial elements across systems, and the productive competition between systems. Pluralism should not be confused with an abdication of judgment: each pluralist has the freedom and responsibility to evaluate the quality and value of scientific work. Pluralism does not need to result in a paralyzing relativism or an uncontrolled dissipation of resources. The pluralist recommendation to proliferate valuable systems of knowledge has concrete implications for scientific practice and science education, and also gives new purpose and approach to the history and philosophy of science, in line with my vision of history and philosophy of science as “complementary science”.

 

 
 
 
 
 

Grupo de Filosofía de la Ciencia, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires - Ciudad Universitaria, Pabellón II / Buenos Aires, Argentina