Philosophical Issues in Quantum Physics
9 units (3-0-6) | first term
Prerequisites: Ph 2 b, Ph 12 b, or Ch 21 a.
This course will focus on philosophical and foundational questions raised by quantum physics. Questions may include: Is quantum mechanics a local theory? Is the theory deterministic or indeterministic? What is the role of measurement and observation? Does the wave function always obey the Schrödinger equation? Does the wave function give a complete description of the state of a system? Are there parallel universes? How are we to understand quantum probabilities?
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