Reconstructing quantum theory from diagrammatic postulates

There has been a dissatisfaction with the postulates of quantum mechanics essentially since the moment that those postulates were first written down. Over the years since there have therefore been many attempts (some successful and some less so) to reconstruct quantum theory from various sets of postulates. The aim being to gain a deeper understanding of the theory by providing a conceptually clear underpinning from which the standard formalism can be derived. In this talk I present recent work with Carlo Maria Scandolo and Bob Coecke (arXiv:1802.00367) in which we reconstruct quantum theory from purely diagrammatic postulates within the process theory framework, showing that the conceptual bare-bones of quantum theory concerns the manner in which systems and processes compose.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 15:30 to 17:00
Alice Room
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