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PHY491H1/1491H
Current Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics

Official description

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.  Modal interpretations and consistent histories quantum mechanics of Gell-Mann, Hartle, and Griffiths. Relative state interpretations (Everett “many worlds,” more modern versions of Wallace and Carroll). QBism. Interactional interpretation. A sketch of collapse theories

Prerequisite
PHY456H1
Co-requisite
n.a.
Exclusion
n.a.
Recommended preparation
n.a.
Textbook
                            n/a some notes will be distributed.
                        
Breadth requirement
BR=5
Distribution requirement
DR=SCI
course title
PHY491H1/1491H
session
winter
year of study
4th year
time and location
24L: LEC0101: MW3, Room: MP134 24T: TUT0101: MW4, Room: MP137
instructor

Delivery Methods

In Person

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Online - Synchronous
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Asynchronous
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