Jeffrey Bub
Distinguished University Professor
AOS: Foundations of Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Information and Computation
Office: 1102B Skinner, 4227 CSS

Jeffrey Bub (PhD, London) is a Distinguished University Professor and philosopher of physics with a special interest in the conceptual foundations of quantum theory.He has published more than 100 articles in scientific and scholarly journals and is the author of two books: The Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics (Reidel, 1974) and Interpreting the Quantum World (Cambridge University Press, 1997; revised paperback edition, 1999), which won the prestigious Lakatos Award in 1998 for providing a unified reconstruction and systematic assessment of quantum mechanics. He has held numerous visiting positions, most recently (in 2011) as Templeton Research Fellow at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, University of Vienna. His current research is focused on quantum foundations and quantum information. He was awarded the Kirwan Faculty Research and Scholarship Prize in 2005 for his work in this area.


Interpreting the Quantum World (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997). Winner of the Lakatos Award, 1998.

The Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics (Dordrecht: Reidel, 1974).


Quantum Correlations and the Measurement Problem, submitted toInternational Journal of Theoretical Physics.

Poincars Les Conceptions Nouvelles de la Matire,Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics41, 221 225 (2012). (Co-authored with W. Demopoulos and M. Frappier.)

'Why the Tsirelson Bound?' in Meir Hemmo and Yemima Ben-Menahem (eds.),The Probable and the Improbable: The Meaning and Role of Probability in Physics, pp. 167185 (Springer, 2012).

Interview inElegance and Enigma: The Quantum Mechanics Interviews, edited by Maximilian Schlosshauer (Springer, 2011).

Quantum Probabilities: An Information-Theoretic Interpretation, in Stephan Hartmann and Claus Beisbart (eds.),Probabilities in Physics, pp. 231262 (Oxford University Press, 2011).

'Von Neumann's "No Hidden Variables" Proof: A Re-Appraisal,'Foundations of Physics40, 1333-1340 (2010).
Two Dogmas About Quantum Mechanics, in S. Saunders, J. Barrett, A. Kent, and D. Wallace (eds.),Many Worlds? Everett, Quantum Theory, and Reality, pp. 431456 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010). (Co-authored with Itamar Pitowsky.)

Quantum Computation: Where Does the Speed-Up Come from? in A. Bokulich and G. Jaeger (eds.),Philosophy of Quantum Information and Entanglement,pp. 231246 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).

'Contextuality and Nonlocality in 'No Signaling' Theories,'Foundations of Physics39, 690711 (2009). (Co-authored with Allen Stairs.)

'Quantum Computation and Pseudotelepathic Games,'Philosophy of Science75, 458472 (2008).

Characterizing Quantum Theory in Terms of Information-Theoretic Constraints,'Foundations of Physics 33, 15611591 (2003). (Co-authored with Rob Clifton and Hans Halvorson.)









Fall 2015
PHIL858J Seminar in Logic and Philosophy of Sciences: Bananaworld: Quantum Mechanics for Primates
PHIL354 Philosophy of Physics