History and Philosophy Of Science | Quantum Paradoxes-The Joy of Entanglement
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Quantum Paradoxes-The Joy of Entanglement

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 reviewing 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. Evaluation will be
based on weekly writing assignments of 1-2 pages each, three small
tests, and a final exam.

Textbooks

1. Quantum Mechanics and Experience
David. Z. Albert
Harvard University Press
1992
ISBN 0-674-741137-7

2. Quantum Non-locality and Relativity
Tim Maudlin
Blackwell
1994 (also in new edition)
ISBN 0-631-18609-3