Deep Beauty: Understanding the Quantum World
“Deep Beauty” was a multifaceted program established by a philanthropic organization to explore ways to advance mathematical insight into the deep nature of quantum reality with the hope of helping to determine whether quantum mechanics can become more comprehensible in the way it models the ordered structure of nature. The program was conceived to honor the legacy of mathematician John von Neumann.
Ellipsis was awarded a grant from the funding organization to manage the project, from the development of an academic symposium through the publication of an edited volume. This program brought together top researchers in the mathematical foundations of physics—including more than a dozen mathematicians, theoretical physicists, computer scientists, and philosophers—to explore new ideas, especially novel mathematical concepts, at the cutting edge of future physics.
Ellipsis organized the two-day "Deep Beauty: Mathematical Innovation and the Search for an Underlying Intelligibility of the Quantum World” symposium held in Princeton, New Jersey. Following the conference, we managed editorial development of the resulting book, Deep Beauty: Understanding the Quantum World through Mathematical Innovation, which was published by Cambridge University Press (NY) in 2011. In addition, we administered the program’s $270,000 conference-/book-development grant for the funding organization, the John Templeton Foundation.
Symposium Planning and Management
- Worked with the symposium chairperson to organize the “Deep Beauty” symposium, held on October 3−4, 2007, in Princeton, New Jersey. This meeting brought together 15 renowned scholars, as well as a handful of participant-selected graduate students.
- Issued invitations and participant instructions and managed all communications.
- Handled all meeting logistics and provided on-site management of the event.
Website / Marketing Content Development
- Developed the symposium website content.
- Edited and produced collateral materials.
Book Development and Editing
- Assisted the volume editor in developing the 17-author volume, Deep Beauty: Understanding the Quantum World through Mathematical Innovation, that resulted from the symposium.
- Provided book-development, editorial, and administrative guidance and support.
- Created the book proposal, secured a publisher (Cambridge University Press, NY), and served as the primary liaison between the publisher, volume editors, and authors.
- Developed author guidelines, created LaTeX writing templates, managed the flow of chapter drafts, secured permissions.
- Copyedited chapters, compiled the front matter, and prepared the content in LaTeX files for submission to the publisher.
Grant Management and Reporting
- Developed the budget, hired vendors, issued payments, and tracked finances.
- Submitted grant reports according to the funding organization’s requirements.
Ellipsis was honored to work with the following individuals on this project:
- Hans Halvorson, Department of Philosophy, Princeton University — Symposium chairperson and volume editor
- Charles L. Harper, Jr., Vision-Five.com Consulting (formerly of the John Templeton Foundation) — Program developer
- John C. Baez, Department of Mathematics, University of California, Riverside — Symposium keynote speaker and chapter author
- Caslav Brukner, Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna and Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Austrian Academy of Sciences — Symposium participant and chapter author
- Jeffrey Bub, Philosophy Department and Institute for Physical Science and Technology, University of Maryland — Symposium participant and chapter author
- Bob Coecke, Computing Laboratory, University of Oxford — Symposium participant and chapter author
- John H. Conway, Department of Mathematics, Princeton University — Chapter author
- Borivoje Dakic, Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna — Chapter author
- Hans F. de Groote, Fachbereich Informatik und Mathematik, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt a.M. — Chapter author
- Andreas Döring, Computing Laboratory, University of Oxford — Symposium participant and chapter author
- Lucien Hardy, Perimeter Institute — Symposium participant and chapter author
- Chris Heunen, Computing Laboratory, University of Oxford — Chapter author
- Chris J. Isham, The Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College, London — Chapter author
- Simon Kochen, Department of Mathematics, Princeton University — Symposium participant and chapter author
- Nicolaas P. Landsman, Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics, and Particle Physics, Radboud University Nijmegen — Symposium participant and chapter author
- Aaron Lauda, Department of Mathematics, Columbia University, New York — Chapter author
- Miklós Rédei, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, London School of Economics and Political Science — Symposium participant and chapter author
- Bas Spitters, Department of Computer Science, Radboud University Nijmegen — Chapter author
- Stephen J. Summers, Department of Mathematics, University of Florida — Symposium participant and chapter author