Friday, March 3, 2017

Quantum Metaphysics

What's really behind all the strange phenomena and obtuse mathematics found in quantum mechanics?

Jim and Randy discussed this before the last published episode of PhysicsFM as a warm up after a hiatus and as a preview for episode 9: Quantum Cats. Discussing the same ideas in general with reference to a chapter of Quantum Mechanics and the Particles of Nature by Anthony Sudbury, which conveniently discussed four aspects of quantum mechanics that need interpreting and nine ways of interpreting them, some more objective than others.

Almost every belief about quantum mechanics can be described in one of these interpretations, and each of these interpretations have some adherents. And each of them, at some level are wrong.

Also, don't forget to check out Physics Frontiers, where Randy and Jim discuss a different subject in each episode.