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John Conway on "The Free Will Theorem"

March 18, 2005

JOHN CONWAY speaks on "The Free Will Theorem"

FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2005 at 7:30 to 9 p.m. • FREE ADMISSION

An MSRI Presentation at the Roda Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre at

2015 Addison Street, Berkeley (near the Downtown Berkeley BART station

on Shattuck)

Ever since the early days of quantum mechanics, physicists have debated

the foundations of the subject, and in particular, if the standard

statistical interpretation is an accurate depiction of the real world,

or if there are so called "hidden variables" that lie behind the quantum

description of elementary particles such as electrons.

Recently, John Conway and Simon Kochen proved, on the basis of three

little "axioms" from physics, that if there exist experimenters with a

limited amount of free will, then elementary particles also have their

own small amount of free will, meaning that on occasion their behavior

is not determined by the prior history of the entire universe. This is

believed to be the strongest "no hidden variable" theorem established so

far.

JOHN HORTON CONWAY is the von Neumann Professor of Mathematics at

Princeton University. Educated at the University of Cambridge, Professor

Conway is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, and a master of

nearly every field of mathematics. Colleagues consider him to be one of

the most electrifying and entertaining lecturers in pure mathematics

today. Conway has written and co-authored several books, and in 2004,

Volume Four of "Winning Ways for Your Mathematical Plays" by co-authors

John Conway, Elwyn Berlekamp and Richard Guy was released.

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