Lecture 0055 10:10a-11:00a MW
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0056 10:10-11:00a F 0057 10:10-11:00a F 0058 11:15-12:05p F 0059 11:15-12:05p F
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.