College Of Arts And Sciences | Quantum Mysteries for Everyone
E103 | 0107 | Dickson
10:10-11:00 MW BH 109
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.