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No qualms about quantum theory
February 26 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Physics Lecture Theatre 1, Sandy Bay Campus
Professor Berge Englert will argue that quantum theory is a well-defined local theory with a clear interpretation.
- Professor Berge Englert
Quantum theory has been singularly successful in the almost one-hundred years since its foundations were laid by Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrödinger, Max Born, Paul Dirac, and others. Nevertheless, there is a debate – seemingly never ending – about the so-called “measurement problem” and other perceived problems. Professor Berge Englert will argue that quantum theory is a well-defined local theory with a clear interpretation. No measurement problem or any other foundational matters are waiting to be settled.
The answers to questions such as
- What is a physical theory?
- What are the preexisting concepts in quantum theory?
- Probabilities in quantum theory are probabilities for what?
- What is state reduction? Do wave functions collapse?
- Is there instant action at a distant?
- Is quantum theory nonlocal?
- Where is Heisenberg’s cut?
- How many interpretations do we need?
- Is there a measurement problem?
- Demonstrate the case.