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HPS colloquium “The Physical Basis of Computation and Computational Complexity”
5 March 2015 @ 15:30 - 17:00
Thursday 5 March 2015.
15:30 – 17:00 hours.
Room BBG 1.69, Buys Ballot Gebouw
Uithof, Utrecht University.
Institute for Mathematical Philosophy, Munchen, Germany
The Physical Basis of Computation and Computational Complexity
Nielsen (1997) and Josza (2004) have raised the possibilities that the theories of computability and computational complexity, respectively, constrain physical law. I shall argue, however, that these proposals are complicated by the fact that both the notions of physical computability and computational complexity presuppose a characterization of the possibilities afforded by physical theory. Insofar as the theories of computability and computational complexity constrain physical theories, they only do so by virtue of their grounding in currently accepted physical theories.
Thus these aspects of computer science, despite the novel perspectives they offer, do not independently check physics.
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