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Some Random Thoughts on Quantum Mechanics, R.A. Holt

Date:
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time:
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Location:
Physics & Astronomy Building (PAB)
Room: 100
Cost:
Free

Department of Physics and Astronomy

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY COLLOQUIUM

Dr. Richard A. Holt 

Department of Physics & Astronomy
Western University

“Some Random Thoughts on Quantum Mechanics”

ABSTRACT

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.

CELL PHONES – as a courtesy to the speaker and audience, please set your cellphones to “silent” mode. Thanks!

Host:
Prof. J. R. de Bruyn
Contact:
Jodi Guthrie - Assistant to the Chair
jodi@uwo.ca
519-661-2111 ext. 86438
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