E103 3285 Quantum Mysteries for Everyone (Martin) (HPSC) (A & H) (3 cr.)

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.