Time, cosmology and quantum foundations Speaker(s): Lee Smolin
Abstract: I argue that quantum mechanics cannot usefully be extended to a theory of the whole universe, so the task of quantum foundations is to discover that cosmological theory which reduces to quantum mechanics when restricted to small subsystems of the universe. I argue that that cosmological theory will be based on a global notion of physical time which implies the distinction between past, present and future is real and objective. These motivate two examples of novel formulations of quantum theory: the real ensemble formulation and the principle of precedence. Each may imply departures from the expected quantum evolution for sufficiently large and complex quantum systems.
Date: 31/05/2013  11:00 am
Collection: The Quantum Landscape 2013
