College Of Arts And Sciences | Quantum Mysteries for Everyone
E103 | 0040 | Dickson, W.
Underneath our world of familiar objects is the strange quantum
world. We will begin by performing several experiments, to see just
what is so strange about the quantum world. Then, following in the
footsteps of physicists like Einstein, we will think critically about
the philosophical puzzles raised by those experiments, and some
proposed solutions to those puzzles. Our aim is to learn to think
about science and the philosophical challenges that it faces, while
also respecting its amazing success. No prior knowledge of physics
or mathematics is presumed. There are several short writing
assignments and a web-based project.