The required text for the course is Albert. Quantum Mechanics and Experience. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1992. ISBN: 0674741129.
Hughes, R. I. G. The Structure and Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1989. ISBN: 0674843916.
Maudlin. Quantum Non-locality and Relativity: Metaphysical Intimations of Modern Physics. Malden, MA: Blackwell, c2002. ISBN: 0631232214. (Highly recommended)
Additional readings (usually articles) will be handed out in class at various points throughout the course.
The material is, in most cases, trickier than meets the eye; read it twice.
|1-3||Overview of Some Odd Phenomena||Albert, Chapters 1 and 3; Hughes, Preface and Introduction; supplemental readings|
|4||Overview of Some Odd Phenomena (cont.)|| |
|5-6||The Mathematical Formalism and Its Orthodox Interpretation||Albert, Chapter 2; Hughes, Chapters 1-5; supplemental readings|
|7-8||The Mathematical Formalism and Its Orthodox Interpretation (cont.)|| |
|9-16||The Measurement Problem and Attempted Solutions ||Albert, Chapters 4-7; supplemental readings|
|17-19||Hidden Variables and Proofs of Their Impossibility||Hughes, Chapter 6; supplemental readings|
|20-22||Quantum Extravagances||Supplemental readings: topics may include one or more of quantum logic, quantum faster-than-light signaling, quantum teleportation, quantum computing|
|23-26||Composition and Identical Particles||Supplemental readings|