On 27 October this workshop brought together philosophers and physicists inspired by the work of Miklós Rédei to discuss new work on the foundations of quantum physics.

Professor Miklós RédeiProfessor Miklós Rédei, a Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, is Professor of Philosophy and Head of Department at LSE’s Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method. Since earning his PhD in 1982, our hero Professor Rédei has been a constant leading influence on the philosophy and the foundations of physics, especially in the application of mathematical techniques to clarify the philosophical foundations of quantum theory. His friends and colleagues also know him as an indefatigable source of inspiration, charm, and poetic commentary on both Nature and Humanity. To thank him for this (and a great deal more), they arranged a conference in his honour, on the occasion of his 65th birthday.

Speakers include: Klaus Fredenhagen, Márton Gömöri, Balázs Gyenis, Zalán Gyenis, Gábor Hofer-Szabó, Kasia Rejzner, Bryan W. Roberts, László Szabó, Giovanni Valente, and Charlotte Werndl.


See a few photos from the event below.



Friday talks take place at LSE in room 2.06 of the Lakatos Building (LAK), and the Thursday reception takes place in the Senior Common Room on the 5th floor of the Old Building (OLD). See the LSE Campus Map for the locations of these buildings.

The conference hotel, the Swinton, is near King’s Cross station, and a 30 minute walk away from campus. Campus is also easily accessible from King’s Cross via the Piccadilly Line.

For further help finding your way, see the LSE Maps and Directions website, or the Lakatos building special needs access guide via DisabledGo.


Thu, 26 Oct: Senior Common Room, OLD 5th Floor

18:00–20:30 Opening Lecture and Wine Reception slides

Fri, 27 Oct: LAK 2.06

10:00–10:45 Balázs Gyenis and Zalán Gyenis: “Results in Bayesian learning theory – In the footsteps of Miklos Redei”
10:45-11:30 Giovanni Valente: “Against Mathematical Triviliaty, Physical Irrelevance and Philosophical Emptiness”
11:30–12:00 Coffee Break
12:00–12:45 Márton Gömöri and László Szabó: “The Unreality of Probability”
12:45–13:30 Charlotte Werndl: “Gibbs versus Boltzmann on Phase Transitions”
13:30–15:00 Lunch Break (on your own)
15:00–15:45 Kasia Rejzner: “From perturbation theory to rigorous axioms: modern paradigm for studying foundations of QFT” slides
15:45-16:30 Bryan W. Roberts: “On the meaning of time reversal” slides
16:30-17:00 Coffee Break
17:00-17:45 Klaus Fredenhagen: “Some steps towards quantum gravity”
17:45-18:30 Gábor Hofer-Szabó: “Bell’s local causality in local physical theories”
18:30-19:00 To the pub! For more discussion.
19:00-beyond Dinner

Event Preparation

For students who would like to prepare for this event, the organisers strongly recommend Quantum Logic in Algebraic Approach by Miklós Rédei, Lotte in Weimar by Thomas Mann, and Titan by Gustav Mahler.


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Balázs Gyenis and Bryan W. Roberts


Saher Alhusayan, Rafael Ambriz Gonzalez, Roger Anderton, Norman Bacrac, Benjamin Berczi, Joseph Bourdaud, Harvey Brown, Jeremy Butterfield, Andrew Calvis, Julien Chatel, Yussef Cheaytilli, Olivier Clement, Matthew Coates, Santiago Cortes, Emma Curran, Lia den Daas, Mate Denes, Anne Deng, Helen Duffy, Lucy Dukes, Daniele Fanelli, Samuel Fletcher, Jie Gao, Jamil Haddad, Suwen Huang, Laurenz Hudetz, Morris Josephine, Kay Joslin, Daniel Karpati, Saira Khan, Ryan Kipp, Matthew Leifer, Yucheng Lu, Silvina Maestro, Uzma Malik, Reka Markovich, Cook-Obregon Maryssa, Alex Morgan, Josephine Morris, F.A. Muller, Peter Neuman, Frank Oertel, Stephan Ohlmeyer, Matthew Parker, Andreas Pithis, Anamarija Podrebarac, Alexander Raubo, Jesus Rosario, Julius Schwarzwoelder, Gregory Scott, Uther Shackerley-Bennett, Mike Stuart, I. Ufuk Tasdan, Natalia Valle Aguirre, Lianyi Wang, Morgan Wills, James Wills, Michael Wright, Marta Ziosi