Some Random Thoughts on Quantum Mechanics, R.A. Holt
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Physics & Astronomy Building (PAB)
Department of Physics and Astronomy
PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY COLLOQUIUM
Dr. Richard A. Holt
Department of Physics & Astronomy
“Some Random Thoughts on Quantum Mechanics”
In 1900 Planck tentatively suggested his Energieverteilungsgesetz and in 1905 Einstein boldly turned it into the Lichtquant. Yet, despite more than a century of astonishingly accurate quantitative calculations in Quantum Mechanics, its “Foundations” bear more than a passing resemblance to a murky cellar. We will take a tour of the Measurement Problem, encountering Schrödinger’s Cat, Wigner’s Friend, the rapidly splitting Many-Worlds Hydra, Hidden Variables, and other denizens of the nether regions. I will try to convince you that something is rotten in the state reduction of Denmark, decoherence doesn’t go far enough, and John Bell was a genius.
STUDENTS – after the talk, you’re encouraged to return to the 2nd floor Atrium lounge to meet with the speaker.
COFFEE – coffee and cookies will be available in the 2nd floor Atrium lounge at 1:15 p.m.
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