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February 19, 2008

Categories, Logic and Physics in London, II

Posted by Urs Schreiber

Andreas Döring writes:

Dear all,

we hereby wish to invite you to participate in the second workshop on “Categories, Logic and Foundations of Physics”, which will take place at Imperial College on

Wednesday, 14th May 2008, 11:00 - 18:45, Lecture Theatre 3, Blackett Laboratory.

Our workshop series is aimed at nourishing research in the fields named in the title and at bringing together scientists from the different fields involved. The success of the first workshop already showed that there is substantial interest in these topics and a great potential for collaborations. With the second workshop, we hope to keep and increase the momentum.

Please also have a look at the website.

The videos and slides of the January workshop are online now.

SPEAKERS AND SCHEDULE:

As a guiding line, the main topic of this meeting will be the description of the continuum and physical space-time in categorical terms, though some of the talks will have a different focus. We will have six talks (five of them 40 minutes each plus discussion, and one 1-hour presentation). Confirmed speakers up to now are

Peter Johnstone

Fay Dowker

Basil Hiley

Paul-André Melliès

Bruce Bartlett

We are also planning to have a discussion session again. We will keep you informed on the details of the schedule.

REGISTRATION: There is no formal registration, but for planning reasons, please DO let us know via email if you will participate or not. Many thanks!

Please bring the workshop to the attention of others who might be interested. We are looking forward to seeing you (again) at “Categories, Logic and Foundations of Physics”.

Best regards,

Andreas Doering (Imperial) and Bob Coecke (Oxford)

Posted at February 19, 2008 12:10 AM UTC

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Re: Categories, Logic and Physics in London, II

Cool! I got the announcement in my email, but I hadn’t noticed Paul–André Melliès was speaking. I spent last July in Paris talking to him, and I plan to do the same this summer. I think it’ll be great to get him involved in this enterprise. Check out his picture gallery.

It would also be great to bring in some other French folks who ply their trade near the interface of physics, logic, computation and category theory: for example, Jean-Yves Girard, Yves Lafont, Francois Lemarche, and Francois Metayer.

Posted by: John Baez on February 19, 2008 3:58 AM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: Categories, Logic and Physics in London, II

I started watching Isham’s old talk, but I couldn’t see the slides in the background.

Posted by: Kea on February 19, 2008 6:48 AM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: Categories, Logic and Physics in London, II

Kea wrote:

I started watching Isham’s old talk, but I couldn’t see the slides in the background.

Yes, sorry about that. Unfortunately the screen is quite high up, so it was necessary to zoom out quite a lot to get both screen and speaker in the frame. We only discovered during after the first couple of talks that it wasn’t possible to read the slides like this, and so then we switched to just videoing the speaker, and zooming in briefly on each new slide when it appeared. The slides for all the talks are available for download as separate PDF files, and hopefully it’s not too painless to have both the slides and video open side-by-side on your monitor.

Posted by: Jamie Vicary on February 19, 2008 9:25 AM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: Categories, Logic and Physics in London, II

One more confirmed speaker is Paolo Bertozzini who recently posted this paper on categories and non-commutative geometry. He’s coming over from Bangkok so Loxbridge seems to be expanding!

Posted by: bob on February 19, 2008 9:59 AM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: Categories, Logic and Physics in London, II

See also his guest post here.

Posted by: David Corfield on February 19, 2008 10:34 AM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: Categories, Logic and Physics in London, II

Thanks for posting the invitation! I am sure this will bring the workshop to the attention of many people potentially interested in this.

Posted by: Andreas Doering on February 19, 2008 10:58 AM | Permalink | Reply to this
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