The simple argument that changed the world view of physics – University of Copenhagen

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The simple argument that changed the world view of physics

QMATH Lecture Open for All

Speaker: Professor Reinhard Werner (Institut für Theoretische Physik Leibniz Universität Hannover).

Quantum Theory has the reputation of being unintuitive and perhaps impossible to understand. Indeed it deviates from the classical world view in an essential way. But is this really necessary? 

I will tell a simple story illustrating the argument (originally due to Bell) that under minimal assumptions, and on minimal empirical input, some key features of quantum mechanics are inevitable.

This includes a simple version of Bohr's complementarity, the no-cloning theorem, and other elements that allow us to think reliably about quantum systems and to develop appropriate intuitions.