Quantum Mechanics

Angelo Bassi and Stephen Adler
“I always considered it rather an empty game. Physics is an experimental subject. If they can’t be distinguished experimentally, I don’t care what your interpretation is.” Stephen L. Adler , Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, is quoted in this New York...
Stephen Adler , Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, spoke to science writers contributing to Scientific American and New Scientist about testing models that seek to explain quantum measurement by subtly modifying quantum mechanics––a field in which he has been active for...
Professor Nathan Seiberg sat down with Sandhya Ramesh at an event organised by the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences for an interview for the Wire to discuss string theory, experimental evidence, quantum field theory, and more. Read the interview at the ...
“When you have dualities, things that are easy to see in one description can be hard to see in the other description. So you and I, for example, are fairly simple to describe in the usual approach to physics as developed by Newton and his...
Physicist Paul Halpern explores the role played by John Archibald Wheeler , former Member in the School of Mathematics/Natural Sciences, in the relationship between former Professor Albert Einstein and former Member Niels Bohr and their debates surrounding quantum mechanics, writing:...
Recent findings on traversable wormholes by physicists including former Members Daniel Jafferis and Aron Wall inspired by the ER = EPR conjecture posed by Juan Maldacena , Carl P. Feinberg Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, and Leonard...
Robbert Dijkgraaf
Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor, has joined world-leading writers and thinkers to launch the third series of Hay Levels masterclasses, an inspiring, free series of educational videos from the Hay Literary Festival in which experts from a range of disciplines offer inspiration to...
In 2007, Professor Emeritus Stephen Adler predicted that the level of jitter from wave function collapse would be large enough to spot. The results of a new experiment are consistent with this prediction, possibly providing hints about how the wave function of a...
Robbert Dijkgraaf , Institute Director and Leon Levy Professor, discusses the complex relationship between mathematics and physics with Brady Haran of Numberphile during the 2017 National Math Festival in Washington, D.C. Dijkgraaf examines the differences between the fields, their powerful connection fostered by the...
The conflict between the two halves of physics has been brewing for more than a century—sparked by a pair of 1905 papers by Einstein , one outlining relativity and the other introducing the quantum—but recently it has entered an intriguing, unpredictable new phase. Two...
Perhaps the most fundamental philosophical question that you can ask in science is: "Why are we here?" To understand the universe, we have to bring together the two key ideas that are governing modern physics. On the one hand, we have Einstein’s theory of...
Mathematics might be more of an environmental science than we realize. Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor, explores the possibility of developing a new realm of mathematics in order to fully understand the quantum world.