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AGPhil: Arbeitsgruppe Philosophie der Physik

AGPhil 8: Quantum Theory II

AGPhil 8.2: Talk

Thursday, April 2, 2020, 14:30–15:00, H-HS III

Kurt Gödel on the interpretation of quantum mechanics — •Oliver Passon — Bergische Universität Wuppertal

Kurt Gödel wrote in 1935/36 his only recently transcribed notebooks on quantum mechanics. They allow for a unique insight into Gödel's thoughts on the foundation of this theory. At that time the formalism of quantum mechanics had already reached an early maturity (as indicated e.g. by the publication of von Neumann's "Mathematische Grundlagen der Quantenmechanik" in 1932). This development brought the issue of the interpretation of the theory to the center of the debate, as indicated most notably by the famous EPR paradox (Einstein et al.) or the Schrödinger-cat thought experiment.

The talk will report on an early stage in the work to relate Gödel's thoughts on quantum theory to the different strands of this debate on quantum mechanics.

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