### The Philosophy and Physics of Noether’s Theorems

#### Posted by David Corfield

Nicholas Teh tells me that there is to be a conference held in London, UK, on October 5-6, 2018, celebrating the centenary of Emmy Noether’s work in mathematical physics.

2018 brings with it the centenary of a major milestone in mathematical physics: the publication of Amalie (“Emmy”) Noether’s theorems relating symmetry and physical quantities, which continue to be a font of inspiration for “symmetry arguments” in physics, and for the interpretation of symmetry within philosophy.

In order to celebrate Noether’s legacy, the University of Notre Dame and the LSE Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Sciences are co-organizing a conference that will bring together leading mathematicians, physicists, and philosophers of physics in order to discuss the enduring impact of Noether’s work.

Speakers include our very own John Baez.

We have the entry nLab: Noether’s theorem. Since this (the first theorem) concerns group symmetries and conserved quantities, and since we are at the $n$-Category Café, naturally we’re interested in *higher* Noetherian constructions, involving actions by higher groups. For an example of this you can turn to Urs Schreiber’s Higher prequantum geometry and its talk of ‘higher Noether currents’ as a $L_{\infty}$-algebra extension (p. 21).

Here are all the conference speakers:

John Baez (UC Riverside)

Jeremy Butterfield (Cambridge)

Anne-Christine Davis (Cambridge)

Sebastian De Haro (Amsterdam and Cambridge)

Ruth Gregory (Durham)

Yvette Kosmann-Schwarzbach (Paris)

Peter Olver (UMN)

Sabrina Pasterski (Harvard)

Oliver Pooley (Oxford)

Tudor Ratiu (Shanghai Jiao Tong and Geneva)

Kasia Rejzner (York)

Robert Spekkens (Perimeter)

## Re: The Philosophy and Physics of Noether’s Theorems

Just to point out that the conference is at Notre Dame’s Fischer Hall which is in London, UK, as opposed to at the University of Notre Dame itself!