Dr. D. (Diana) Taschetto

Dr. D. (Diana) Taschetto

History and Philosophy of Science

"It is not the talents we possess so much as the use we make of them that counts in the progress of the world."

—Brailsford Robertson 


I am a philosopher of physics. I am passionate about the foundations of physics as a whole—from Newtonian mechanics to kinetic theory to general relativity—and about philosophy in general—from philosophy of science to existentialism to politics. But it is the foundations of quantum mechanics, its history and philosophy, that electrifies me the most, and it is to the task of contributing to this literature that I have been devoting my everyday efforts.  

I defended my PhD thesis, “The Thermodynamic Origins and Dynamical Foundations of Quantum Discontinuity," recently, on February 9, 2024, with highest honors. A copy is available here: https://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/23131/. A pre-print of my paper with the mathematical physicist Dr. Ricardo Correa da Silva, "The Dual Dynamical Foundation of Orthodox Quantum Mechanics," is also available: http://arxiv.org/abs/2402.15031

I am now the proud first postdoc in Guido Bacciagaluppi’s Bohr21 project, https://www.uu.nl/en/research/history-and-philosophy-of-physics/research/bohr21. I'll therefore be thinking and writing and speaking a lot about Niels Bohr for the following years.

One way I communicate my love for science and philosophy is by giving talks and interviews. Below you can find a selection of talks and interviews of mine—in Portuguese— available on YouTube.

 “Introduction to the Philosophical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics,” (in Portuguese), III Escola Jayme Tiomno de Física Teórica do Instituto de Física da USP, Institute of Physics of the University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, on-line, August 2021.

Lecture 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9ZTXiQTuS8&t=694s 

Lecture 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtlaS5SsSo8&t=5617s 

Lecture 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ghYAj1yFz4&t=38s 

Lecture 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88oTtWHO1z4&t=612s

Natura facit saltum: Demystifying Niels Bohr’s Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics,” (in Portuguese), University of Tocantins, Tocantins, Brazil, on-line, August 2022. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIVBp_bpSz8&t=856s 

“Quantum Mechanics Behind the Scenes,” (in Portuguese), XV Semana da Física da Universidade de Brasília, Institute of Physics of the University of Brasília, Brasília, Brazil, on-line, September 2020. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9IMBFmlyCU&t=3529s 

“About how—and if—the laws of physics determine the emergence of life and our actions,” (in Portuguese), XVI Encontro de Pesquisa na Graduação em Filosofia da UNESP, University of the State of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, on-line, December 2021. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3VyHpmtnvk&t=4558s

“Philosophy of Quantum Physics with Diana Taschetto,” YouTube Podcast, Filosofia Acadêmica (in Portuguese). March 2021.

Complete Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlkBhCRoL8Q&t=6642s 

Interview Clip 1 (Why Quantum Mechanics Changed the World): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-Rc3SIjQOs&t=21s 

Interview Clip 2 (The Philosophy Behind Quantum Physics): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bkpf7RGmTys&t=92s 

Interview Clip 3 (Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvpmjX7niw8 

Interview Clip 4 (The Measurement Problem of Quantum Mechanics): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XUxP0h73Jo&t=2s 

“Quantum Theory and Philosophy: An Interview with Diana Taschetto,” YouTube Podcast, Dr. Caio Souto (in Portuguese). October 2020. Complete Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8AnjgpAhV4&t=93s