DIMACS Theoretical Computer Science Seminar

Title: What is Quantum Theory?

Speaker: Shelly Goldstein, Rutgers University

Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2007 11:00-12:00pm

Location: CoRE Bldg, CORE A, Room 301, Rutgers University, Busch Campus, Piscataway, NJ


Quantum theory is the basis of almost all of fundamental physics---and not just of quantum computing. Nonetheless it is not at all clear what quantum theory, regarded as a physical theory, actually says. I will elaborate here upon this rather odd claim. I will also describe an alternative to orthodox quantum mechanics, one that is, among all known formulations of quantum mechanics, the clearest, simplest, and least popular.