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UID:/NewsandEvents/Archives/2008/newsitem/2481/31-
October---2-November-2008-What-is-computation-How-
does-nature-compute-2008-Midwest-NKS-Conference-Bl
oomington-USA
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SUMMARY:"What is computation? (How) does nature co
mpute?", 2008 Midwest NKS Conference, Bloomington
, USA
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20081031
DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20081102
LOCATION:Bloomington, USA
DESCRIPTION:In 1964, in one of the six Messenger l
ectures he delivered at Cornell University, Richar
d Feynman said: "It always bothers me that, accord
ing to the laws as we understand them today, it ta
kes a computing machine an infinite number of logi
cal operations to figure out what goes on in no ma
tter how tiny a region of space, and no matter how
tiny a region of time ... So I have often made th
e hypothesis that ultimately physics will not requ
ire a mathematical statement, that in the end the
machinery will be revealed, and the laws will turn
out to be simple, like the chequer board with all
its apparent complexities." The topic of the co
nference has been chosen with this quote in mind.
The conference will host a most distinguished grou
p of scientists supporting different views of a co
mputable universe, from those supporting the thesi
s that Nature performs (only) digital computation
and does it up to a maximal level, to those suppor
ting the thesis of nature as a quantum computer. S
ome strongly suggest however that the true nature
of Nature can be only explained by the study of ra
ndomness. Randomness however preserves its mysteri
ous reputation, for some of these authors it seems
that randomness can be generated deterministicall
y in the classical sense, while others claim the e
xistence of "true" randomness from the principles
underlying quantum mechanics necessarily to explai
n the complexity seen around. This event will beco
me the place of confluence in which all these view
s will be presented, discussed and analyzed by the
guests and the conference participants themselves
. After presenting their views during the first th
ree days of the conference, the keynote speakers w
ill then participate in a round table discussion o
n the topic. For more information, see http://ww
w.cs.indiana.edu/~dgerman/2008midwestNKSconference
/.
X-ALT-DESC;FMTTYPE=text/html:\n In 1964, i
n one of the six Messenger lectures he delivered a
t\n Cornell University, Richard Feynman said:
"It\n always bothers me that, according
to the laws as we understand\n them today, i
t takes a computing machine an infinite number of\
n logical operations to figure out what goes
on in no matter how\n tiny a region of space,
and no matter how tiny a region of time\n ..
. So I have often made the hypothesis that ultimat
ely physics\n will not require a mathematical
statement, that in the end the\n machinery w
ill be revealed, and the laws will turn out to be\
n simple, like the chequer board with all its
apparent\n complexities."\n

\n
The topic of the conference has been chos
en with this quote\n in mind. The conference
will host a most distinguished group of\n sci
entists supporting different views of a computable
universe,\n from those supporting the thesis
that Nature performs (only)\n digital comput
ation and does it up to a maximal level, to those\
n supporting the thesis of nature as a quantu
m computer. Some\n strongly suggest however t
hat the true nature of Nature can be\n only e
xplained by the study of randomness. Randomness ho
wever\n preserves its mysterious reputation,
for some of these authors\n it seems that ran
domness can be generated deterministically in\n
the classical sense, while others claim the exi
stence of\n "true" randomness from
the principles underlying\n quantum mechanics
necessarily to explain the complexity seen\n
around. This event will become the place of confl
uence in which\n all these views will be pres
ented, discussed and analyzed by the\n guests
and the conference participants themselves. After
\n presenting their views during the first th
ree days of the\n conference, the keynote spe
akers will then participate in a\n round tabl
e discussion on the topic.\n

\n \n
For more information, see\n http://www.cs.indiana.e
du/~dgerman/2008midwestNKSconference/.\n

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