Quantum History Website


All talks are 30 min. + 15 min. discussion.
To view an abstract as PDF click on the title of the talk.
To view the current list of abstracts as of June 10 click here.
click here to download the program

Monday 28 June

9:00 Welcome
9:15 Jürgen Renn (MPIWG)
"The Transformation of Mechanics"
  The Classical Roots of Quantum Physics
9:45 Shaul Katzir (MPIWG)
"“Classical" Solutions to the Challenges of Radiation and its Interaction with Matter"
10:30 Charlotte Bigg (Centre Alexandre Koyré, CNRS)
"The Making of Jean Perrin’s Brownian Motion Experiments and of early 20th Century French Physical Science"
11:15 Coffee Break
11:45 Marta Jordi Taltavull (MPIWG)
"From Classical to Quantum Optical Dispersion, after Bohr’s Atom"
  Old Quantum Theory & Statistics
12:30 Dieter Hoffmann and Giora Hon (MPIWG and University of Haifa)
"From Propagation to Structure: Experimental Research in Berlin and its Role in the Emergence of Early Quantum Physics"
13:15 Lunch Break
14:30 Matthew Konieczny (University of Minnesota)
"The Birth of a Quantum Physics on the Eastern European Periphery: Władysław Natanson and the First Solvay Conference of 1911"
15:15 Michael Eckert (Deutsches Museum)
"Sommerfeld’s Munich Quantum School"
16:00 Coffee Break
16:30 Clayton Gearhart (St. John’s University Minnesota)
"Fritz Reiche’s 1921 Quantum Theory Textbook"
17:15 Massimiliano Badino and Bretislav Friedrich (FHI)
"Putting the Quantum to Work: Otto Sackur’s Pioneering Exploits in the Quantum Theory of Gases"
18:00 Enric Perez Canals and Tilman Sauer (Universitat de Barcelona and Einstein Papers Project, Caltech)
"Einstein’s Quantum Theory of the Monatomic Ideal Gas: Non-statistical Arguments for a New Statistics "

Tuesday 29 June

  Quantum Mechanics and Statistics
9:00 Daniela Monaldi (York University)
"The Early Interactions of Quantum Statistics, Many-particle Systems, and Quantum Fields"
9:45 Jos Uffink (Utrecht University)
"Gibbs Paradox and the Relation between Thermodynamics and Quantum Theory"
  Classical Concepts in Quantum Mechanics
10:30 Arne Schirrmacher (MPIWG)
"Heisenberg's Ladder Didn't Fall. Types, Aims and Uses of Models in the History of Quantum Theory"
11:15 Coffee Break
11:45 John Stachel (Center for Einstein Studies, Boston University)
"Bohr: Complementarity and Correspondence"
12:30 Kristian Camilleri (University of Melbourne)
"The Doctrine of Classical Concepts in Historical Perspective"
13:15 Lunch Break
14:30 Anthony Duncan and Michel Janssen (University of Pittsburgh and University of Minnesota)
"(Never) mind your p's and q's: Von Neumann versus Jordan on the Foundations of Quantum Theory"
  The Many-body Problem
15:15 Christian Joas and Jeremiah James (FHI)
"Application, Extension, and Alteration: The many-body Problem in early Quantum Mechanics"
16:00 Coffee Break
16:30 Roger H. Stuewer (University of Minnesota)
"An Act of Creation: The Meitner-Frisch Interpretation of Nuclear Fission"
17:15 Edward Jurkowitz and Volker Blum (FHI)
"Computation and Concepts in Early Atomic and Solid-State Physics"
18:00 Christian Kehrt (Deutsches Museum)
"From Do-it-yourself Quantum Mechanics to Nanotechnology? The History of Experimental Semiconductor Physics in Germany, 1970-2000."

Wednesday 30 June

  Quantum Optics
9:00 Dieter Fick and Horst Kant (FHI and Philipps-Universität Marburg and MPIWG)
"The Concept of Light Molecules and Light Multiples: A dead-end Way to simulate Bose-Einstein Statistics for Black Body Radiation"
9:45 Barry R. Masters (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"Proximity of Theory and Experimental Practice in Göttingen’s Physical Institutes 1920-1933: Work of Maria Göppert as Exemplar of an Institutional Culture"
10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 Joan Bromberg (Johns Hopkins University)
"Modelling the Hanbury Brown - Twiss Effect: The Mid-Twentieth Century Revolution in Optics"
11:45 Indianara Lima Silva (Universidade Federal da Bahia)
"The Controversy on Photons and the Hanbury-Brown & Twiss Experiment"
13:00 Excursion: departure for Potsdam (by bus)
lunch at Fährhaus
guided tour: Einstein Haus, Einstein Turm
19:00 back at the institute

Thursday 1 July

  Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Field Theory
9:00 Christoph Lehner (MPIWG)
"The Resolution of the Particle-Wave Dualism: Pascual Jordan and the Quantum Field Theory Program"
9:45 Thomas Pashby (University of Pittsburgh)
"Projective Geometry and the Origins of the Dirac Equation"
10:30 Kent Staley (Saint Louis University)
"On an alleged fine-tuning Problem in Dirac’s Electron Theory and its partial Solution by Weisskopf"
11:15 Coffee Break
11:45 Adrian Wüthrich (Universität Bern)
"The Genesis of Feynman Diagrams"
12:30 Kenji Ito (Sokendai University)
"From Electrical Engineering to Quantum Physics: The Case of Nishina Yoshio"
13:15 Lunch Break
  Quantum Gravity
14:30 Dean Rickles (University of Sydney)
"Pioneers of Quantum Gravity"
15:15 Yin Xiaodong and Zhu Zhongyuan (Capital Normal University, Beijing and Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing)
"Chang’s Contribution to the Quantization of Constrained Hamiltonian System"
16:00 Coffee Break
16:30 Jürgen Renn, Donald Salisbury, Matthias Schemmel, and Kurt Sundermeyer (MPIWG, Austin College, MPIWG, FU Berlin)
"The Overlapping Worlds of General Relativity and Quantum Theory: The Challenge of the Principle of Equivalence"
  Determinism and Indeterminism
17:15 Michael Stöltzner (University of South Carolina)
"Random Fluctuations in Electroscopes and Microscopes"
18:00 Richard Staley (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
"Between Absolute and Relative, Life and Death, Causality and Probability: The Cultural History of Mechanics"

Friday 2 July

  Text Book Project
9:00 Massimiliano Badino and Jaume Navarro (FHI and MPIWG)
"Research and Pedagogy: A History of Quantum Physics through the Textbooks"
  Quantum Mechanics in the 30s
9:45 Elise Crull (University of Notre Dame)
"Grete Hermann and the Gamma-Ray Microscope Gedankenexperiment"
10:30 Don Howard (University of Notre Dame)
"Quantum Mechanics in Context: Pascual Jordan’s 1936 Anschauliche Quantentheorie in its Philosophical and Political Setting"
11:15 Coffee Break
  Philosophy and Quantum Mechanics
11:45 Cathryn Carson (University of California, Berkeley)
"Quantum Mechanics in Heidegger's Thought about Science"
12:30 Mauricio Suárez (Complutense University of Madrid)
"The Birth of Philosophy of Physics and the Origin of Quantum Propensities: Henry Margenau’s ‘Latency’ School"
13:15 Lunch Break
  Interpretations after WWII
14:30 Frederik Moreira dos Santos (Universidade Federal da Bahia)
"The Quantum Mechanics Measurement Problem: the Wigner’s approach"
15:15 Fábio Freitas (Universidade Federal da Bahia)
"Anthony Leggett and Foundations of Quantum Mechanics"
16:00 Coffee Break
16:30 Olival Freire Jr. (Universidade Federal da Bahia)
"Orthodoxies on the Interpretation of Quantum Theory: The Case of the Consistent Histories Approach"
  Hanneke Janssen Memorial
17:15 Jos Uffink (Utrecht University)
"Decoherence and Reality"