Michael Westmoreland, Professor of Mathematics, presented the talk “Eidostates and Sleeping Beauty” during the Fifth Biannual Fundamental Questions Institute (known affectionately as FQXi – pronounced “ficksee”) held in beautiful Banff, Alberta from August 22 – August 26.
The talk was a report on mathematical physics research that is supported by the grant FQXi-RFP-1517. The grant was awarded to Professor Westmoreland and his collaborator Professor Benjamin Schumacher. Schumacher is a professor of physics at Kenyon College. The stated mission of FQXi is:
To catalyze, support, and disseminate research on questions at the foundations of physics and cosmology, particularly new frontiers and innovative ideas integral to a deep understanding of reality but unlikely to be supported by conventional funding sources.
More information about what an eidostate is and its relevance can be had by dropping by Prof. Westmoreland’s office and asking – he’s all too anxious to talk about it.