Summer School: The Nature of Entropy – Arrow of Time

After having to cancel the summer school in 2020, we are happy to announce the rescheduled event.

August 1 – 6, 2022; Kochel am See, Germany

Why is there an arrow of time in a universe guided, on the fundamental level, by time-symmetric microscopic laws? What role does entropy play in explaining the difference between past and future? 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. 

Applications are closed

Date and Location

1 – 6 August 2022
Kochel am See, Germany

The summer school takes place at the conference hotel of the Georg-von-Vollmer Academy, where all participants will be accommodated with full board. The idyllic location at Lake Kochel allows for a productive work atmosphere, but also offers great opportunities for recreation.

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

In memory: Detlef Dürr (LMU)

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

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