**Fall 2005**

**Professors:** Hans Halvorson and Bas van Fraassen

**Description:** Recent work on the relationship between information
theory and the foundations of quantum mechanics. Topics will include: the
relationship between folk and scientific concepts of information; the
claim that information is physical; proposals to replace traditional
physical ontology (e.g., particles, fields) with information-theoretic
concepts; information transmission in quantum teleportation; quantum
computation and the physical Church-Turing thesis;
information-theoretic axiomatizations of quantum mechanics.

**Textbook:** Chris Timpson, Quantum Information Theory and the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics (Oxford DPhil Thesis, 2004)

**Prerequisites:** This seminar is open to graduate students, and to *advanced* undergraduate concentrators in philosophy or physics.