Mar 31, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

PSC 302 Mysteries of the Quantum World

Fall-Spring Semesters

Our understanding of the quantum world allowed technological advances that continue to transform every aspect of human life. Even though it is now an established physics, very few people have even the rudimentary understanding of the theory or its mysterious philosophical implications. This course will examine a physical world where it is possible to be two places at the same time. We will discuss how the act of observation influences the result of that observation. We will challenge the notion that science is discovered by a slow and steady process and instead discuss Thomas Kuhn’s point that true progress occurs only through scientific revolutions. The course is organized from an historical perspective:  focusing on both individuals and events. We will read and respond to what has been written about the parallels between the postulates of quantum theory and the foundations of eastern philosophies. We will also explore other human achievements which took place during the time that quantum theory developed. There are no specific prerequisites, however it is suggested that students possess fluency in quantitative reasoning and have had some exposure to basic science.

3 credit hours
Satisfies Constellation - Science and Technology for “Generation Next”