• Mar 08 2011

    UCT Seminar: Prof David Wolfe, University of New Mexico

    Dear all,

    tomorrow, Prof David Wolfe, University of New Mexico, will give a public talk

    Does God Play Dice? A Public Lecture on Quantum Mechanics
    "The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible."
    A. Einstein

    "There is no doubt that the formalism of quantum mechanics and its statistical interpretation are extremely successful in ordering and predicting physical experiences. But can our desire of understanding, our wish to explain things, be satisfied with a theory which is frankly and shamelessly statistical and indeterministic? Can we be content with accepting chance, not cause, as the supreme law of the physical world?"
    M. Born

    The first 3 decades of the 20th century saw the greatest revolution in our understanding of the physical world. The common-sense picture of the universe advanced by Aristotle had been replaced by the much more abstract theories of Isaac Newton. Yet this deterministic picture of the universe was replaced by a statistical interpretation of cause and effect which is still mysterious to this day. We will discuss how this happened and some of what it means.
    when: Tue, 8 March 2011, 20:00 to 21:00
    where: Lecture Theatre B, RW James Building, UCT Upper Campus

    All welcome!