Weekend before last, I went to the 3rd Emergent Quantum Mechanics Symposium at The Vienna Institute of Technology (TU Wien). This is a picture of what other people at TU Wien were doing
The symposium was even more exciting than the car racing. Or at least it was first conference I'd been to since I stopped being a physicist; and perhaps as a result I was a lot more excited about it than I was at any of the conferences where I had any actual business.
As its name suggests, this conference was about the foundations of quantum mechanics. Moreover, it was motivated by the search for a deeper reality that explains the mathematical rules of quantum mechanics (QM). This is not the kind of thing you would feel an itch for if you think no such reality exists; thus the symposium was dominated by scholars who either have such a realist itch or at list had something to say about how it might or might not be scratched.
I don't have the journalistic skill to write a fair report of the whole thing; there were too many good talks. But I can briefly describe, and link to the things ...read more