ISSYP 2009

 

Tuesday Aug 11, 2009
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A discussion of the properties of the dynamics of spacetime and how certain aspects of the relational dynamics lead to difficulties in the quantum theory.

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Tuesday Aug 11, 2009
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Einstein's two principles (continued), the relativistic Doppler shift, nature of time, and the geometry of spacetime.

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Tuesday Aug 11, 2009
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Single and double slit experiments as motivation for the de Broglie relation. Application to the particle in a box problem: superposition principle and energy quantization.

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Monday Aug 10, 2009

Our universe has a split personality: quantum and relativity. Understanding how the two can coexist, i.e. how our universe can exist, is one of the greatest challenges facing theoretical physicists in the 21st century. The presentation focuses on a simple but mind-bending thought experiment that hints at some fascinating new ways of thinking that may be required to unravel this mystery. Could the world be like a hologram?

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Monday Aug 10, 2009
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Spacetime diagrams, a Doppler shift thought experiment, and introduction to Einstein's two principles.

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Monday Aug 10, 2009
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An introduction to the mathematics necessary to fully appreciate the ISSYP relativity and quantum lectures. Binomial theorem, series expansions of common functions, complex numbers, and real and complex waves.

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Friday Aug 15, 2008
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Put two physicists in a room and ask them to talk about the interpretation of quantum mechanics. This is a recipe for disagreement; the mysteries of quantum theory run so deep that it’s hard to find any interpretive claims that are immune to controversy. Therefore, when thinking about quantum theory, it is a useful tactic to first focus on the macroscopic facts it predicts while ignoring the formalism and what it might suggest about the constitution of reality. I will adopt this tactic in my talk to describe the strange features of sequences of Stern-Gerlach measurements.

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