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Tim Maudlin: Philosophy of science and quantum physics
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Tim Maudlin: Philosophy of science and quantum physics

Tim Maudlin is a philosopher of science who has done influential work on the foundations of physics and logic.

Tim Maudlin is a philosopher of science who has done influential work on the foundations of physics and logic.

Today’s topics include:

  • Philosophy of science and its relationship to science in practice

  • Paradigms in philosophy, science, and mathematics

  • The foundations of quantum mechanics

  • ‘Interpretations’ of the quantum wave function

  • ‘Many worlds’ and other hypotheses for the nature of our universe

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For video episode:

0:00 Intro

0:18 Richard Feynman's views on philosophy of science

5:22 What is philosophy of science?

9:00 Why are physicists skeptical about philosophy?

13:02 Why is quantum mechanics 'strange'?

15:45 Imaginary numbers in physics and engineering

20:37 What is quantum mechanics and the wave function?

29:40 Interpretations of the wave function

36:56 Many worlds and David Deutsche

39:40 Pilot wave vs many worlds theories of quantum mechanics

52:09 Why is the pilot wave theory not taught at university?

58:35 Occam's razor and wave function collapse

1:08:15 Are humans capable of understanding quantum mechanics?

1:23:30 John Bell Institute and beautiful Croatia!


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