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Snow Date January 25

 

 

Quantum Mechanics is the most successful physical theory ever developed, and yet its foundations and interpretation have remained an ongoing dispute over the last century.  Among its counter-intuitive consequences are Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, the role of the observer as captured in the Schrödinger’s Cat paradox, and the “spooky action at a distance” exemplified in entanglement experiments.  All of these have implications for our understanding of reality and causality, and continue to be investigated by physicists and philosophers.  This talk will provide a historical survey of Quantum Mechanics, leading up to current experiments and theories that weigh on the questions that bedeviled Einstein, Bohr, and many others

Matthew Deady is a Physics Professor  and Director of the Physics Program at Bard College where he has been teaching since 1987. He received his Doctorate from MIT,  and was an Assistant professor of physics at Mount Holyoke College. His current research includes nuclear physics, mathematical physics, and musical acoustics.  He is extensively published in journals including “Physical Review”, “Technology Review”, and “American Journal of Physics”