"What is Quantum Mechanics? A Minimal Formulation"

Note: *Coffee will be served at 3pm; Talk begins at 3:30pm
Speaker: Pierre Hohenberg, New York University

When: November 14, 2017 (Tue), 03:00PM to 05:00PM (add to my calendar)
Location: SCI 109
Hosted by: Andrei Ruckenstein

This event is part of the Physics Department Colloquia Series.

In this talk I ask why, after more than ninety years, the formulation of quantum mechanics is still a matter of controversy. My aim is to provide a minimal formulation of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics that is clear and unambiguous. It will be based on the formulation of classical mechanics which is noncontroversial. The essential difference between classical and quantum mechanics is that in the latter the Euclidean phase space of states and properties is replaced by Hilbert space. The full content of quantum mechanics follows inevitably from this one assumption, including quantum incompatibility, entanglements and an understanding of the so-called measurement problem.