24.111 Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics
Quantum mechanics is said to describe a world in which physical objects often lack "definite" properties, indeterminism creeps in at the point of "observation," ordinary logic does not apply, and distant events are perfectly yet inexplicably correlated. Examination of these and other issues central to the philosophical foundations of quantum mechanics, with special attention to the measurement problem, no-hidden-variables proofs, and Bell's Inequalities. Rigorous approach to the subject matter nevertheless neither presupposes nor requires the development of detailed technical knowledge of the quantum theory.
This class has no prerequisites.
24.111 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by B. Skow.
This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This class counts as a HASS H.
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