Jeffrey Bub
Distinguished University Professor
AOS: Foundations of Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Information, Quantum Cryptography, and Quantum 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 three books: Bananaworld: Quantum Mechanics for Primates (Oxford University Press, 2016), 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, and The Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics (Reidel, 1974). 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.


Bananaworld: Quantum Mechanics for Primates (Oxford University Press, 2016).

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

The Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics (Reidel, 1974).


‘The Measurement Problem from the Perspective of an Information-Theoretic Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics,’ Entropy 17, 7374-7386 (2015).

‘Quantum Interactions with Closed Timelike Curves and Superluminal Signaling,’ Physical Review A , 022311-1—022311-7 (2014). (Co-authored with Allen Stairs.) Selected by the editors of Physical Review A as an Editors’ Suggestion.

‘Quantum Correlations and the Measurement Problem,’ International Journal of Theoretical Physics 53, 3346-3369 (2014). (Co-authored with Allen Stairs.)

‘Poincaré's “Les Conceptions Nouvelles de la Matière,”’ Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 41, 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. 167-185 (Springer, 2012).

Interview in Elegance 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. 231-262 (Oxford University Press, 2011).

‘Von Neumann's “No Hidden Variables” Proof: A Re-Appraisal,’ Foundations of Physics 40, 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. 431-456 (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. 231-246 (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

‘Contextuality and Nonlocality in “No Signaling” Theories,’ Foundations of Physics 39, 690-711 (2009). (Co-authored with Allen Stairs.)

‘Quantum Computation and Pseudotelepathic Games’ Philosophy of Science 75, 458-472 (2008).


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