Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, University of British Columbia
In the last 70 years quantum mechanics has utterly
transformed the way we understand physical world. It is a theory like no
other. We have found no limit to its application, but we simply don't
understand some of its fundamental features. Many physicists (including
most of the pioneering contributors to the quantum theory) have looked for
some more satisfactory alternative.
This talk is intended for a non-specialist audience. Prof. Stamp will
explain at a simple level what is so bizarre about quantum mechanics,
starting from very simple facts about the real microscopic world. He will
then discuss how some physicists are pushing these bizarre features into
our own macroscopic world. Unlike the wild speculations from some
cosmologists about multiple universes, anthropic principles, etc., this is
a search for new features of our
world which can be
examined in the laboratory and which promises revolutionary new
developments such as quantum information processing. Stamp will speculate
a little about where this work may lead.
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