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PHY1491H S (Arts & Sci 491)Current Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics

Course Title PHY1491H S (Arts & Sci 491)
Session winter
Year of Study 1st year
Time and Location This cross listed course is offered at together with PHY491S. For course schedule please see: PHY491S

John  Sipe
MP1013
416-978-4517

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Views of the nature of scientific theories.  Quick review of conventional textbook quantum mechanics.  Elements of formal measurement theory and wave function collapse; decoherence and the classical/quantum boundary.  Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics.  Operationalist quantum mechanics.  Hidden variable theories; possibilities and problems.  “Beables.”  Contextuality and non locality.  Bell theorems.  Bohm deBroglie theory and generalizations.  Modal interpretations and consistent histories quantum mechanics of Gell-Mann and Hartle.  Relative state interpretations (Everett “many worlds,” more modern versions).   Interactional interpretation.  A sketch of collapse theories.

 This cross listed course is offered at together with PHY491S. For course schedule please see: TBA

Prerequisite: PHY456 or equivalent.
Textbook n/a. Some notes will be distributed.