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Two days of history and epistemology of the foundations of Quantum Mechanics

April 14 – 15, 2023
Building Condorcet, Amphi Pierre Gilles de Gennes, 4 rue Elsa Morante, 75013 Paris

On the occasion of the publication of The Oxford Handbook of the History of Quantum Interpretations
The Oxford Handbook, Physics Departement at Université Paris Cité, Universidade Federal da Bahia, ARCHIMEDES S.I.E.E. Project, laboratories SPHERE-UMR7219-CNRS and APC


Jean- Jacques Szczeciniarz (Université Paris Cité, SPHERE), Olival Freire Jr (Universidade Federal da Bahia), Joseph Kouneiher (Université Côte d’Azur), Michel Paty (SPHere)

Registration :

jean-jacques.szczeciniarz( at ), joseph.kouneiher( at ), freirejr( at )


Friday April 14, 2023 | to Saturday April 15

8:30am Welcome
9am - 11am

Franck LALOE (Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, ENS Paris)

A model of quantum collapse induced by Bohmian positions and gravity

Roger PENROSE (University of Oxford)

Classical and Quantum Reality, and the Collapse of the Wave-Function

Alain ASPECT* (à c) (Institut d’Optique, Université Paris-Saclay - CNRS, & École polytechnique)


John HEILBRON (Worcester College, Oxford)

The history of the quantum debates

11am - 11:10am Coffebreak
11:10am - 1:10pm

Helge KRAGH (University of Copenhagen)

Dead as a Doornail? Zero-Point Energy and Low-Temperature Physics
in Early Quantum Theory

Christoph LEHNER (Independent scholar)

The Early Debates about the Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

Christian JOAS (University of Copenhagen)

Foundations and Applications: The Creative Tension in the Early Development of Quantum Mechanics

Wayne MYRVOLD (The University of Western Ontario)

Philosophical Issues Raised by Quantum Theory and its Interpretations

1:10pm - 2:30pm Lunch
2:30pm - 4:30pm

Daniela MONALDI (NewYork University)

The Evolving Understanding of Quantum Statistics

Osvaldo PESSOA Jr (Universidade de São Paulo)

The Measurement Problem

Michel PATY (Emeritus Research Director, CNRS)

Einstein’s Criticism of Quantum Mechanics

Guido BACCIAGALUPPI (Utrecht University)

The Statistical Interpretation: Born, Heisenberg, and von Neumann, 1926-1927

4:30pm - 4:40pm Coffeebreak
4:40pm - 6:40pm

David KAISER (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Tackling Loopholes in Experimental Tests of Bell’s Inequality

Bernadette LESSEL (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science MPIWG)

The Interpretation Debate and Quantum Gravity

Alexei GRINBAUM (CEA-Saclay/Larsim)

Quantum Information and the Quest for Reconstruction of Quantum Theory

Thomas RYCKMAN (Stanford University)

Quantum Interpretations and 20th Century Philosophy of Science

Massimiliano BADINO (University of Verona)

Of Weighting and Counting: Statistics and Ontology in the Old Quantum Theory

Saturday April 15, 2023 | to Friday April 14
9am - 11am

Anja JACOBSEN (KVUC, Denmark)

Copenhagen and Niels Bohr

Flavio DEL SANTO (University of Vienna)

The Foundations of Quantum Mechanics in Post-War Italy’s Cultural Context

Jean-Philippe MARTINEZ (Aachen University)

Foundations of Quantum Physics in the Soviet Union

Sebastian MURGUEITIO RAMIREZ (University of Oxford)

On How Epistemological Letters Changed the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics

11am – 11:10am Coffeebreak
11:10am – 1:10pm

Stefano OSNAGHI (Archives Husserl, ENS, Paris)

Bohr and the Epistemological Lesson of Quantum Mechanics

Olival FREIRE Jr (Universidade Federal da Bahia)

Making Sense of the Century-Old Scientific Controversy over the Quanta

Kristian CAMILLERI (University of Melbourne)

Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy in the Post-war Era

Giora HON (University of Haifa) and Bernard GOLDSTEIN (University of Pittsburgh)

Interpretation in Electrodynamics, Atomic Theory, and Quantum Mechanics

1:10pm - 2:30pm Lunch
2:30pm - 4:30pm

Jeffrey BARRETT (UC Irvine)

Pure Wave Mechanics, Relative States, and Many Worlds

Hervé ZWIRN (ENS Paris-Saclay)

Is QBism a Possible Solution to the Conceptual Problems of Quantum Mechanics

Jean-Jacques SZCZECINIARZ (Université Paris Diderot Paris 7), and Joseph KOUNEIHER (Université Côte d’Azur)

The Philosophy of Wholeness and the General and New Concept of Order: Bohm’s and Penrose’s Points of View

Valia ALLORI (Northern Illinois University)

Spontaneous Localization Theories: Quantum Philosophy between History and Physics

4:30pm - 4:40pm Coffeebreak
4:40pm - 6:40pm

Otávio BUENO (University of Miami)

The Non-Individuals Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

Dennis DIEKS (Utrecht University)

Modal Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics

Jean BRICMONT (Catholic University of Louvain)

Einstein, Bohm, and Bell: A Comedy of Errors

Alexander PECHENKIN (Lomonosov Moscow State University)

The Statistical (Ensemble) Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

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Building Condorcet, Université Paris Cité, 4, rue Elsa Morante, 75013 - Paris*. Plan.
Itinerary with public transport

Metro : lines 14 and RER C, stop : Bibliothèque François Mitterrand or line 6, stop : Quai de la gare. Bus: 62 and 89 (stop: Porte de France), 325 (stop: Watt), 64 (stop: Tolbiac-Bibliothèque François Mitterrand)

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