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Quantum Mechanics Paris Meeting April 2023
Photos Copyright credit Laurence Honnorat/Innovaxiom

The recording of the confrences

Wayne Myrvold

Philosophical issues raised by quantum theory and its interpretations

Helge Kragh

Zero point energy and low temperature physics in early quantum theory

David Kaiser

Tackling loopholes in experimental tests of Bell's inequality

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Daniela Monaldi

The evolution understanding of quantum statistics

Alexei Grinbaum

What's in the input/output distinction

Thomas Ryckman

Quantum interpretations and  20th century philosophy of science

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Christian Joas

Foundations and applications : The creative tension in the early development of Quantum Mechanics

Stefano Osnaghi

Bohr and the epistemological lesson of Quantum Mechanics

Ana Jacobsen

Copenhagen and Niels BOHR

Christoph Lehner

The early debates about the interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

Bernadette Lessel

The interpretation debate and Quantum Gravity

Les enregistrements des conférences seront prochainement accessibles

The recordings of the conferences will be available very soon

​ The Oxford Handbook

   Département de physique Université Paris Cité

Universidade Federal da Bahia






Deux Journées d’histoire et épistémologie des fondements de la mécanique quantique
April 14 et 15, 2023

Amphitheatre Pierre-Gilles de Gennes,

Bâtiment Condorcet
5 rue Elsa Morante
Université de Paris Cité- Département de Physique

75013 Paris

A l’occasion de la parution de

The Oxford Handbook of the History of Quantum Interpretations








Comité d’organisation:

Jean-Jacques Szczeciniarz, Olival Freire, Joseph Kouneiher et Michel Paty

Nearly a century after its formulation and despite its unprecedented predictive successes in accounting for physical processes, quantum mechanics is still at the center of a lively debate.
In the same spirit as The Oxford handbook of the history of Quantum Interpretations, the two days offer a historical overview of the contrasts that have been at the heart of quantum physics over the past 100 years. Drawing on the extensive expertise of several lecturers working in the fields of physics, history and philosophy.
Thus, the objective of these two days is to fuel the ongoing debate on the foundations of quantum mechanics by dealing with the major open questions concerning the interpretations of Quantum Mechanics.


1er jour - 14 avril

08:00 – 08:45

Badges Distributions & breakfast

08:45 – 09:10


09:10 – 11:10

Alain aspect – l'Institut d'Optique (Université Paris-Saclay - CNRS) École polytechnique

From Bell’s inequalities violations to Quantum Teleportation: non-locality, a useful image.

Franck Laloë – 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

11:10 – 11:20 – Pause café


11:20 – 13:20


Wayne Myrvold – The University of Western Ontario

Philosophical Issues Raised by Quantum Theory and its Interpretations

Helge Kragh – University of Copenhagen

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

David Kaiser – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tackling Loopholes in Experimental Tests of Bell’s Inequality

Daniela Monaldi – York University

The Evolving Understanding of Quantum Statistics

13:20 – 14:20 – Déjeuner


14:20 – 16:20

Alexei Grinbaum – CEA-Saclay/Larsim, France

Quantum Information and the Quest for Reconstruction of Quantum Theory

Thomas Ryckman – Stanford University

Quantum Interpretations and 20th Century Philosophy of Science


Michel Paty – Emeritus Research Director, CNRS

Einstein’s Criticism of Quantum Mechanics

Christian Joas – University of Copenhagen

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

16:20 – 16:30 – Pause café


16:30 – 19: 00

Massimiliano Badino – University of Verona

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

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

The Interpretation Debate and Quantum Gravity

Marc Lachièze-Rey - APC Université Paris cité

Interpréter la physique quantique ! Avec ou sans la gravité ?

Simon Saunders - Oxford University

The meaning of particle indistinguishability: one hundred years on

Jeffrey Barrett – UC Irvine

Pure Wave Mechanics, Relative States, and Many Worlds

2ème jour – 15 avril


09:00 – 11:00


Anja Jacobsen – KVUC, Denmark

Copenhagen and Niels Bohr

Olival Freire Jr – Universidade Federal da Bahia

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

Stefano Osnaghi – Archives Husserl, ENS, Paris

Bohr and the Epistemological Lesson of Quantum Mechanics

Jean- Jacques Szczeciniarz, Université Paris Diderot Paris 7, and Joseph Kouneiher, Côte d’Azur University

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

11:00 – 11:10 – Pause café


11:10 – 13:10

Giora Hon - University of Haifa, and Bernard Goldstein, University of Pittsburgh

Interpretation in Electrodynamics, Atomic Theory, and Quantum Mechanics

Flavio Del Santo – University of Geneva

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

Kristian Camilleri – University of Melbourne

Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy in the Post-war Era

Christoph Lehner – Independent scholar

The Early Debates about the Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

13:10 – 14:10 – Déjeuner


14:10 – 16:10

Hervé Zwirn – ENS Paris-Saclay, France

QBism and Convivial Solipsism

Jean Bricmont – Catholic University of Louvain

Einstein, Bohm, and Bell: A Comedy of Errors

Sebastian Murgueitio Ramírez – University of Oxford

On How Epistemological Letters Changed the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics

Valia Allori – Northern Illinois University

Spontaneous Localization Theories: Quantum Philosophy between History and Physics

16:10 – 16:20 – Pause café


16:20 – 18: 50


Osvaldo Pessoa Jr. – Universidade de São Paulo

The Measurement Problem

Thiago Hartz - Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

The Measuring Process in Quantum Field Theory

Jean-Philippe Martinez – Aachen University

Foundations of Quantum Physics in the Soviet Union


Alexei Kojevnikov - The University of British Columbia

Quantum Historiography and Cultural History: Revisiting the Forman Thesis

Alexander Pechenkin – Lomonosov Moscow State University

The Statistical (Ensemble) Interpretation of Quantum


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