Summer School: The Nature of Entropy II – Arrow of Time


Why does time have a direction in a universe guided, on the fundamental level, by time-symmetric microscopic laws? Is the arrow of time fundamental, or can it be reduced to physical asymmetries like thermodynamic irreversibility? What role then does entropy play in explaining the difference between past and future? And is the passage of time real, or just a stubborn illusion?

The interdisciplinary summer school wants to tackle these questions head-on. By bringing together young researchers, graduate students, and internationally acclaimed experts working on statistical mechanics, quantum foundations, and the philosophy of science, we will investigate the nature of time in light of modern physics and clarify its relation to entropy. Apply here.

Date and Location

20 – 25 July 2020 New date will be announced
Lenzkirch-Saig, Germany

The summer school takes place at Hotel Sonnhalde, where all participants will be accommodated will full board. The quiet and idyllic location in the heart of the Black Forest allows for a productive work atmosphere, but also offers great opportunities for recreation.

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Jean Bricmont (UCLouvain)
Detlef Dürr (LMU)
Michael Esfeld (UNIL)
Dustin Lazarovici (UNIL)
Tim Maudlin (NYU)
Paula Reichert (LMU)

The summer school is supported by a grant of the Volkswagen Foundation

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