I’ll be speaking at a conference celebrating the centenary of Emmy Noether’s work connecting symmetries and conservation laws:
• The Philosophy and Physics of Noether’s Theorems, 5-6 October 2018, Fischer Hall, 1-4 Suffolk Street, London, UK. Organized by Bryan W. Roberts (LSE) and Nicholas Teh (Notre Dame).
2018 brings with it the centenary of a major milestone in mathematical physics: the publication of Amalie (“Emmy”) Noether’s theorems relating symmetry and physical quantities, which continue to be a font of inspiration for “symmetry arguments” in physics, and for the interpretation of symmetry within philosophy.
In order to celebrate Noether’s legacy, the University of Notre Dame and the LSE Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Sciences are co-organizing a conference that will bring together leading mathematicians, physicists, and philosophers of physics in order to discuss the enduring impact of Noether’s work.
There’s a registration fee, which you can see on the conference website, along with a map showing the conference location, a schedule of the talks, and other useful stuff.
Here are the speakers:
• John Baez (UC Riverside)
• Jeremy Butterfield (Cambridge)
• Anne-Christine Davis (Cambridge)
• Sebastian De Haro (Amsterdam and Cambridge)
• Ruth Gregory (Durham)
• Yvette Kosmann-Schwarzbach (Paris)
• Peter Olver (UMN)
• Sabrina Pasterski (Harvard)
• Oliver Pooley (Oxford)
• Tudor Ratiu (Shanghai Jiao Tong and Geneva)
• Kasia Rejzner (York)
• Robert Spekkens (Perimeter)
I’m looking forward to analyzing the basic assumptions behind various generalizations of Noether’s first theorem, the one that shows symmetries of a Lagrangian give conserved quantities. Having generalized it to Markov processes, I know there’s a lot more to what’s going on here than just the wonders of Lagrangian mechanics:
I’ve been trying to get to the bottom of it ever since.