Arthur I Fine
Study of philosophical issues raised by theories in physics or chemistry, such as whether space (time) is a substance, how causation and locality are treated in quantum mechanics, temporal anistropy and time travel, the nature of a field of force, the reduction of chemistry to physics. Prerequisite: one PHIL course.
Conceptual problems of the quantum theory. Problem areas: entanglement, Bell's theorem, decoherence, realism, determinism, quantum logic. Interpretations: Copenhagen, many worlds (minds), hidden variables, collapse. Paradigm situations: double slit and Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen experiments. TEXT: "The Shaky Game: Einstein, Realism and the Quantum Theory", Arthur Fine.
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