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Book Spotlight: Foundations of Relational Realism: A Topological Approach to Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Nature by Michael Epperson and Elias Zafiris

Among the many exotic interpretations of quantum theory—those entailing ‘multiverse’ cosmologies, time reversal, ‘retro-causality,’ physical superpositions of alternative actual system states—lies a single core principle:

That quantum theory’s most emblematic feature is its invalidation of classical logic—the very foundation of intuitive, critical reasoning. As a result, quantum mechanics has become widely popularized, and in many cases, marketed, as profoundly mystifying and fundamentally incomprehensible to non-specialists.

In their groundbreaking new book, Foundations of Relational Realism: A Topological Approach to Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Nature (Lexingon Books / Rowman & Littlefield, June 2013), Michael Epperson and Elias Zafiris provide a powerful new challenge to this charaterization.

 
 
Book Spotlight: CPNS Senior Fellow Roland Omnès

Our work at CPNS is driven by recent advances in the understanding of physics that suggest a deeper philosophical relationship between mathematics and the natural sciences. This relationship is the subject of Converging Realities, the latest work by quantum theorist Roland Omnès, one of the leading thinkers on the subject. Based on a simple but powerful idea, it shows that the axioms needed for the mathematics used in physics can also generate practically every field of contemporary pure mathematics.
 

Ultimate Questions Discussion Group

The Ultimate Questions Discussion Group reads and discusses works of mutual interest in the philosophy and foundations of modern science and mathematics. All students—especially those in Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Philosophy—are welcome to attend, as well as all faculty from CSUS and area colleges and universities.

 

Michael Epperson - Director & Principal Investigator

The Center for Philosophy and the Natural Sciences at California State University Sacramento engages in research and scholarship that explores the philosophical implications underlying recent innovations in contemporary science, including those occurring in the areas of quantum physics, cosmology, and the study of complex adaptive systems. This exploration is, in part, a speculative philosophical enterprise intended to contribute to the framework of a suitable bridge by which scientific and philosophical concepts might not only be cross-joined, but mutually supported.

 
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Foundations of Relational Realism: Logical Causality, Intrinsic Decoherence, and a Category-Theoretic Mereotopological Model of Quantum Spacetime (2010-2014)

Principal Investigator: Michael Epperson, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, California State University, Sacramento. Co-Investigators: Elias Zafiris, Senior Research Fellow in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics, University of Athens; Karim Bschir, Research Fellow in Philosophy of Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology; Stuart Kauffman, Research Professor, Complex Systems Center, University of Vermont.

 

April 5-6, 2014 - UC Davis
Michael Epperson: “Potentiality and Contextuality in Quantum Mechanics” - Conference: "Quantity/Quality: The Problem of Measure in Philosophy and Science"

May 22-24, 2014 - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich
Lecture by Michael Epperson :“The Ontology and Epistemology of Internal Relations: Bridging the Physical and Conceptual in Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Information” - 5th Metalithikum Klausur Symposium

October 24, 2013 - Parmenides Foundation - Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich
Lecture by Elias Zafiris: “A Category Theoretical Approach to Quantum Physics

October 9, 2013 - Institute of Philosophy, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
Lecture by Michael Epperson: “Potentiality and Contextuality in Quantum Mechanics: The Relational Realist Approach” - 5:00 PM, Room 226

August 21-23, 2013 - Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Amsterdam
Symposium: "Relational Realism, Quantum Gravity, and the Holographic Principle": Sebastian de Haro - Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Amsterdam; Dennis Dieks - Utrecht University; Jeroen van Dongen - Utrecht University; Elias Zafiris - CPNS and Institute of Mathematics, University of Athens; Michael Epperson - CPNS, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, California State University, Sacramento; Karim Bschir - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

 
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