Jos Uffink

[Photograph of Jos Uffink]

Full name: Dr J.B.M. Uffink

Jos Uffink's research interests are the foundations of quantum mechanics and of probabilistic or statistical theories in general.

My PhD thesis (1990) focused on the uncertainty principle of quantum mechanics:

At present I am working also on the foundations of classical statistical mechanics, and the interpretation and formulation of probabilistic and statistical reasoning. I have a post as Senior University Lecturer at the Institute for History and Foundations of Science. I teach (or have taught) the following courses in the Foundations of Physics curriculum:
  • Foundations of Probability and Statistical procedures
  • Seminar on Philosophy of Science
  • Foundations of Quantum Mechanics (since 1991)
  • Foundations of Statistical and Thermal Physics


  1. "Introduction: History of the Quantum'', Special Issue on History of Quantum Physics Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, to appear (with J. van Dongen, A. Kox and D. Dieks).

  2. Subjective probability and statistical physics , in C. Beisbart and S. Hartmann (eds.) Probabilities in Physics Oxford University Press, to appear.

  3. Irreversibility in stochastic dynamics, in Time, Chance, and Reduction (A. Huettemann and G. Ernst (eds)) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, to appear.

  4. Irreversibility and the direction of time forthcoming in Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy online.

  5. Boltzmann's H-theorem, its discontents, and the birth of statistical mechanics Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 40 174-191 (2009) with H. Brown and W. Myrvold.

  6. Strengthend Bell inequalities for orthogonal spin directions , Physics Letters A 372 (2008) 1205--1209 (with M.P. Seevinck).

  7. Partial separability and entanglement criteria for multiqubit quantum states , Physical Review A 78 032101 (2008) (with M.P. Seevinck).

  8. Compendium to the foundations of classical statistical physics' (in pdf format) in Handbook for the Philosophy of Physics (J. Butterfield and J. Earman (eds)), Amsterdam Elsevier, 2007, pp. 924-1074.

  9. Local commutativity versus Bell inequality violation for entangled states and versus non-violation for separable states, Physical Review A 76 (2007) 042105 (with M.P. Seevinck).

  10. Time and ageing: a physicist's look at gerontology, and Whence the emergence of biological time?', chapters 6 and 8 in: Aging and Time: Multidisciplinary Perspectives J.Baars and H. Visser (eds.) Amityville N.Y.: Baywood Publishing, (2007) pp. 137-160 and 169-177.

  11. Three concepts of irreversibility and three versions of the second law in Time and History, Proceedings of the 28. International Ludwig Wittgenstein Symposium, F. Stadler and M. Stoelzner (eds) Heussenstamm: Ontos Verlag pp. 275-288 (2006).

  12. Unsuperable difficulties: Einstein's statistical road to molecular physics ( in pdf format) in Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 37 46-30 (2006).

  13. Rereading Ludwig Boltzmann, in: Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science. Proceedings of the Twelfth International Congress. P. Hajek, L. Valdes and D. Westerstahl (eds.) London: King's College Publications, 2005 pp. 537-555.

  14. Addendum to `Sufficient conditions for three-particle entanglement and their tests in recent experiments' (with G. Toth, O. Guehne and M. Seevinck) in Physical Review A 72 , 014101 (2005).

  15. "Introduction'', Special Issue on Philosophical Issues in Statistical Physics Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 36 (2005) 219--223.

  16. Boltzmann's Work in Statistical Physics. In: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2004).

  17. The preface paradox reconsidered , Erkentniss 59 (2003) 389-420 (with I. Douven).

  18. Irreversibility and the second law of thermodynamics. in: Entropy, A. Greven, G. Keller and G. Warnecke (eds), Princeton N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2003 pp. 121--146 .

  19. Quadratic Bell inequalities as tests for multipartite entanglement Physical Review Letters 88 230406 (2002).

  20. Lecture notes on the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics (in dutch, and in pdf format) (2002).

  21. Irreversibility and the Second Law in Quantum Limits to the Second Law: First International Conference, edited by D. P. Sheehan, AIP Conference Proceedings No. 643, (2002).

  22. Sufficient conditions for three-particle entanglement and their tests in recent experiments (with Michael Seevinck) in Physical Review A 65 , 012107 (2002).

  23. Book review "From Physics to Philosophy'', J. Butterfield and C. Pagonis (eds). Philosophical Quarterly 52 (2002) 268-272.

  24. "Time and chance'', Studies In History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 33 2002, 555-563. (Essay Review of D. Albert, Time and Chance).
  25. The uncertainty principle (with Jan Hilgevoord). In: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2001).

  26. " The origins of time-asymmetry in thermodynamics: the Minus First Law" (with Harvey Brown ).
    Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 32B, 525-538, 2001).

  27. "Thermodynamic uncertainty relations again: a reply to Lavenda"
    Foundations of Physics Letters 14, (2001) 187-193 (with J. van Lith).
    Available as a ps file or pdf file.

  28. " Bluff your way in the second law of thermodynamics" .
    (draft, 1999, revised 2001).

  29. "How to protect the interpretation of the wave function against protective measurements".
    (Physical Review A, 60, (1999), 3474-3481.

  30. "The principle of the common cause faces the Bernstein paradox".
    (Philosophy of Science, 66 (Proceedings), (1999), S512-S525.

  31. "Thermodynamic uncertainty relations" (with J. van Lith),
    Foundations of Physics 29(5) (1999) 655-692.

  32. "Nought but Molecules in Motion",
    (A review essay of L. Sklar's "Physics and Chance"),
    Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 27 (1996) 373-387.

  33. "The Constraint Rule of the Maximum Entropy Principle",
    Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 27 (1996) 47-79.

  34. "Can the Maximum Entropy Principle be explained as a Consistency Requirement?",
    Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 26B (1995) 223-261.

  35. "The joint measurement problem",
    International Journal of Theoretical Physics 33 (1994) 199-212.

  36. "Two New Kinds of Uncertainty Relations",
    in: "Proceeding of the Third international Workshop on Squeezed States and Uncertainty Relations", NASA Conference Publications 3270 (1994) pp. 155-161.

  37. "The rate of evolution of a quantum state",
    American Journal of Physics 61 (1993) 935.
    Available as "ps file" or as "pdf file"

  38. (In German:) "Inwieweit gibt die Ungleichung * den mathematischen Inhalt des Unbestimmtheitsprinzip wieder?",
    in: "Werner Heisenberg als Physiker und Philosoph in Leipzig", B. Geyer, H. Herwig and H.Rechenberg (eds.), Spektrum akademischer Verlag, Heidelberg (with J. Hilgevoord).

  39. "Uncertainty in Prediction and in Inference",
    Foundations of Physics 21 (1991), 323-341 (with J. Hilgevoord).

  40. "Probability and the Law",
    Methodology and Science 23 (1990) 49-55. Book review of P. Tillers and E.D. Green: "Probability and Inference in the Law of Evidence".

  41. "Measures of Uncertainty and the Uncertainty Principle", PhD thesis, University of Utrecht, 1990,together with some errata.

  42. "A new view on the uncertainty principle",
    in: "Sixty-Two years of Uncertainty: Historical, Philosophical and Physical Inquiries into the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics", A.I. Miller (ed.), Plenum Press, New York, 1990 pp. 121-139 (with J. Hilgevoord).

  43. "Comments on `Violation of Heisenberg's Uncertainty Relations ...' by Z. Maric, K. Popper and J.P. Vigier",
    Foundations of Physics Letters 2 (1989) 403 (with J. Hilgevoord).

  44. "Spacetime symmetries and the uncertainty principle",
    Nuclear Physics B6 (1989) 246-249 (with J. Hilgevoord).

  45. "Generalized entropic uncertainty relations",
    Physical Review Letters 60 (1988) 1103-1106 (with H. Maassen).

  46. " "Interference and Distinguishability in Quantum Mechanics", .
    Physica 151B (1988) 309-313.

  47. "The mathematical expression of the uncertainty principle",
    in: "Microphysical Reality and Quantum Description", A. van der Merwe et al. (eds.), Kluwer Academic, (Dordrecht) 1988 (with J. Hilgevoord).

  48. "More certainty about the uncertainty principle", European Journal of Physics (1985) 165 (with J. Hilgevoord).

  49. "Uncertainty principle and uncertainty relations",
    Foundations of Physics 15 (1985) 925 (with J. Hilgevoord).

  50. "Verification of the uncertainty principle in neutron interferometry",
    Physics Letters 108A (1985) 59.

  51. "New bounds for the uncertainty principle",
    Physics Letters 105A (1984) 474 (with J. Hilgevoord).

Publications in Dutch

  1. "Golf of deeltje? Interferentie met neutronen",
    Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Natuurkunde A52 (1986) 19 (with J. Hilgevoord).

  2. "Golf of deeltje", Natuur en Techniek 54 (1986) 884 (with J. Hilgevoord).

  3. "Niets is zeker", interview by P. Wouters,
    Natuur en Techniek 60 (1992) 550-553.

  4. "Toeval in de Natuurkunde",
    Wijsgerig Perspectief op Maatschappij en Wetenschap 33 (1993) 69.

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