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Bob Coecke
Oxford University

Project Title

A relativistic universe of interacting quantum processes

Project Summary

A game is going on in which two players, Alice and Bob, have an input-output device. They are not supposed to communicate during the game. From the correlations between their inputs and outputs we want to deduce whether they cheated or not. While they may not have been cheating at all, when we film their game and play the movie backwards, now exchanging the roles of inputs and outputs, we may have to conclude that they cheated in this backward reality! A careful analysis of this situation shows that there is nothing mysterious going on, but that the counter-intuitive nature of this example is due to the fact that our intuition with respect to space and time simply doesn't account for probabilities. In this project we want to identify the germ, that causes the above discussed counter-intuitive phenomenon, and explore how it can provide a basis for foundational theories of nature, combining the theories of the very large and the very small.

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