College Of Arts and Sciences | Quantum Mysteries for Everyone
E103 | 0075 | Dickson, W.
Quantum theory is the best theory we have of microscopic things, but
it is also extremely hard to understand what exactly the theory is
saying. We will begin this course by performing a few simple quantum
experiments to see just why the theory is so strange, and then we
will begin to look more closely at the philosophical puzzles raised
by quantum theory, and some proposed solutions to those puzzles.
Along the way, we will study what people like Einstein and Bohr have
said on the matter, and we will learn how to think critically and
carefully about science and scientific theories. The course will
have both lecture and discussion. There will be weekly writing
assignments of 1-2 pages each, three small tests, and a final exam.