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Physics and Energy
Organization logo: Israel Institute of Technology

About this course

despite the extraordinary success of quantum mechanics, debates about the interpretation of the formalism and its various paradoxes persist to this day. the course will provide a state-of-art introduction to the foundations of quantum mechanics, addressing, in particular, the question, what quantum theories are actually telling us about the world.% learning ouctcomes#% 1 understanding the fundamental concepts and innovations of quantum mechanics. % 2. understanding the foundational problems of quantum mechanics, especially the measurement problem and its possible solutions. % 3. acquiring basic knowlege of main contemporary formulations (interpretatons) of qm, such as bohmian mechanics, objective collapse theories, and the many-worlds theories that are not part of a standard physics curriculum. % 4. understanding the physical and philosophical debates about the ontology of quantum mechanics, the meaning of the wave function, and the status of probabilities, thereby developing thee ability to weigh different positions and develop precise arguments. % 5. understanding key experimental (double-slit, stern-gerlach, eprb) and theoretical (einstein-podolsky-rosen paradox, bell's theorem, no-hidden-variables theorems) results and their implications. % 6. sharpen the ability to think critically and carefully about the interpretation of experimental and mathematical results, ingeneral. 7. appreciating central issues in philosophy of science via the debates about quantum mechanics# scientific realism vs. anti-realism, empricial underdetermination, the status of theoretical entities.

Contact Hours per Week: 4 (Twice a week for 2 hours each; Tuesdays & Thursdays)

First Day of Class: May 28, 2024

Last Day of Class: July 16, 2024 (The Spring Semester officially ends on August 22. However, the course will end in July due to meeting twice a week versus only once a week)

Time: 11:00-13:00 CET (12:00-14:00 Israel Time)

Expected learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to • Understand fundamental concepts, problems, and results in quantum mechanics • Identify and critically engage with competing versions/interpretations of quantum mechanics • Apply concepts from the philosophy of physics and discuss philosophical texts



Course requirements

No formal prerequisites but participants should not be "afraid" of a little math


Lectures, reading and writing assignments

More information

  • Local course code
  • Study load
    ECTS 2
  • Level
  • Contact hours per week
  • Instructors
    Dustin Lazarovici
  • Mode of delivery
  • Course coordinator
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  • Start date

    27 May 2024

    • End date
      16 July 2024
    • Main language
    • Apply between
      11 Dec and 19 Jan 2024
    • Time info
    Enrolment period closed