Summary: Foundations of Physics, Vol. 30, No. 9, 2000
Editors' Preface: Interdisciplinary Studies of
Two special issues of Foundations of Physics are devoted to Maria Luisa
(Marisa) Dalla Chiara, in celebration of her 60th birthday. The authors of
the contributions are pupils, colleagues, and friends of Marisa from different
fields and institutions.
A simple look at the affiliations of the contributors and at the titles
of their papers reveals one of Marisa's main merits: interdisciplinarity.
Bridging the gap between physics (in primis quantum mechanics) on the
one hand and philosophy, logic and mathematics on the other, has been
the leading idea of Marisa's scientific work for thirty years.
Today, it is evident that the investigations into the conceptual and
logical foundations of quantum mechanics are not only important in their
own right, but also interact significantly with ``militant'' physics research.
Quantum computation is no exception.
Marisa can be considered one of the leading figures in the quantum-
logical renaissance, which began in the sixties with the ``Geneva school''
and then blossomed in the seventies and eighties.
Her seminal work on quantum logic (epitomized in the paper ``Quantum