Current Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics
Review of conventional, textbook quantum mechanics. Formal measurement theory and wave function collapse; quantum states and nonseparability, violation of local causality; Bell theorems; quantum tricks; decoherence and the emergence of classical behaviour. Hidden variables; deBroglie-Bohm theory and generalizations; many-worlds interpretation and other theories of beables. Consistent histories approach of Omnes and Gell-Mann and Hartle; nature of True and Reliable statements.
- Recommended preparation
n/a some notes will be distributed.
- Breadth requirement
- Distribution requirement
Different interpretations of quantum mechanics are presented and discussed, comparing and contrasting the various approaches to understanding the formalism of the theory. We begin with “textbook quantum mechanics” and then discuss the Copenhagen view, operationalist quantum mechanics, hidden variable theories, Bohm-deBroglie theory, consistent histories, relational quantum mechanics, relative state approaches (many minds and many worlds), Qbism, the interactional interpretation, and collapse theories.
- course title
- year of study
- 4th year
- time and location
24L/24T: LEC0101, LEC9101: M3-5/W3-5, On line Synchronous The lectures will be run online via Blackboard Collaborate. Students can ask questions during the lectures by writing in the “chat” window or by using the “microphone.” The course involves a significant amount of discussion in the lecture session, and so lectures will not be recorded.