Department of Physics

Updates from Associate Professor Kevin Knuth

  • Professor Kevin Knuth has been invited to speak at the Quantum and Beyond (QB) Workshop in Vaxjo Sweden from Jun 13 - 16, 2017. He will be speaking on the foundations of quantum mechanics and its reconstruction based on fundamental symmetries of the measurement process. Knuth will demonstrate that in many ways quantum mechanics is not at all mysterious and is instead a specific application of inference to quantum systems.
  • Prof. Kevin Knuth has been invited to speak at the 37th International Workshop on Bayesian Inference and Maximum Entropy Methods in Science and Engineering (MaxEnt 2017) in Sao Carlos, Brasil from July 9 - 14, 2017. Prof. Knuth will be speaking about the use of Bayesian probability theory in detecting and characterizing exoplanets, which are planets that orbit other stars. He will describe how subtle lighting effects, such as reflected light and thermal emissions from planets, aid in our understanding of their nature.
  • Prof. Kevin Knuth has been invited to write two research papers on his work Lattice Theory and Influence Theory for an upcoming special issue on the "Physics of Information" in the journal Annalen der Physik. Prof. Knuth has employed lattice theory as a general example of how attempts at consistent quantification of a wide variety of systems leads to general rules, such as the sum and product rule of probability theory. His work on Influence Theory is a demonstration that the fundamental laws of physics can arise naturally from simple foundational models where one considers a set of objects that influence one another. This special issue will be published in 2018.
  • Prof. Knuth has been invited by Prof. Amos Golan of the Infometrics Institute to write a chapter for a special interdisciplinary volume on info-metrics to be published by Oxford University Press. This chapter will discuss the problem of quantifying questions and will illustrate that just as logical statements are quantified by probabilities, questions are quantified by entropy.
  • Prof. Knuth's contributed chapter "Understanding the Electron" has recently been published in the Springer Frontiers Collection "Information and Interaction: Eddington, Wheeler, and the Limits of Knowledge" edited by Ian T. Durham and Dean Rickles. The volume consists of "stimulating contributions to the foundations of information in the physical world". Specifically, Prof. Knuth's contribution provides and introduction to his Influence Theory and an illustration of its application in understanding the characteristics of elementary particles, such as the electron.

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