Philosophy of Mechanics: Mathematical Foundations

Feb 12 2014 - 09:00
Feb 14 2014 - 18:00

Université Paris Diderot
Amphitheater Pierre Gilles de Gennes
Condorcet building
10, rue Alice Domon et Léonie Duquet
75205 Paris Cedex 13

Short description of the event: 

The aim of the workshop is to explore, from a philosophical standpoint, new answers to old and fundamental questions concerning the nature of both classical and quantum mechanics. The chosen approach is to focus on mathematical formalisms that have not yet played a major role when trying to address these conceptual questions. Important examples of these formalisms are :
- Symplectic and Poisson geometry,
- Noncommutative geometry
- Geometric quantization,
- Group representation theory
- Topos theory,
- Equivariant cohomological methods (e.g. BRST cohomology, stacks)

Philosophy of Mechanics: Mathematical Foundations workshop will be hosted by the University of Paris Denis Diderot and the ERC Philosophy of Canonical Quantum Gravity, from the 12th to the 14th of February 2014.

Mathieu Anel, Gordon Belot, Daniel Bennequin, Jeremy Butterfield, Gabriel Catren, Andreas Doering, Frédéric Hélein, Joseph Kouneiher, Klaas Landsman, Shahn Majid, Charles-Michel Marle, Thierry Masson, Urs Schreiber

Organizing Committee:
Gabriel Catren, Jean-Jacques Szczeciniarz, Julien Page, Dimitri Vey, Christine Cachot, Federico Zalamea.

in the context of the
ERC project Philosophy of Canonical Quantum Gravity
SPHERE (UMR 7219, CNRS & University Paris 7/University Paris 1)