Philosophy Magazine

Rotman Summer Institute 2013: Foundations of Statistical Mechanics (repost)

By Wuthrich

This year’s Rotman Summer Institute is aimed at fostering an understanding of conceptual issues in the foundations of statistical mechanics. The goal for students is to come away from the course prepared to engage the philosophical literature on the foundations of statistical mechanics at a professional level.

As there isn’t a consensus as to what the correct approach is to understanding statistical mechanics, we will be bringing together leading contributors to the philosophical debates to date. Lecture topics will include both introductions to basic issues, and specialized topics.

The institute will take place between Sunday, July 14 and Saturday, July 20, in a charming setting on the shores of Lake Huron.

Faculty for this year’s institute are David Z. Albert (Columbia University), Wayne Myrvold (Western University), John Norton (University of Pittsburgh), Jos Uffink (University of Minnesota), David Wallace (University of Oxford).
Tuition, including meals and accommodations, but excluding travel, is $800.

To apply for the Summer Institute, students should send the following materials to Carol Suter ([email protected]):

• A cover letter describing current research interests, explaining the relevance of the Summer Institute to these interests.

• A current CV.

• A letter of reference from the student’s supervisor, or a faculty member familiar with their research related to the Summer Institute.

Tuition relief will be available to selected students; if you wish to be considered for this, please indicate in cover letter.

The deadline for applications is April 15, 2013.
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