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Katzenstein Distinguished Lecture

Friday, October 28, 2016
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Storrs Campus
Gant Science Complex, Physics, Room PB-36

Professor Leon N. Cooper, 1972 Nobel Laureate in Physics (with J. Bardeen and J.R. Schrieffer)

Professor Cooper joined Brown University in 1958 where he became Henry Ledyard Goddard University Professor, and where he is presently the Thomas J. Watson, Sr. Professor of Science, Director of the Institute for Brain and Neural Systems, and the Brain Science Program. Professor Cooper has received many forms of recognition for his work. In 1972 he received the Nobel Prize in Physics (with J. Bardeen and J. R. Schrieffer) for his studies on the theory of superconductivity, which were completed while still in his 20s. His concept of Cooper pairs forms the basis of the BCS theory.

“On the Interpretation of the Quantum Theory: Can Free Will And Locality Exist Together In The Quantum Theory?”

The quantum theory is the basis for thousands of calculations of atomic and molecular systems. They can be used to determine the chemical and (ultimately) biological properties of these systems. In some situations, such as the magnetic moment of the electron, agreement between theory and experiment is truly astonishing. But the interpretation of the quantum theory is still disputed. In particular, how can we understand such things as wave function reduction? In this lecture I will present an interpretation of the quantum theory that does not require wave function reduction. I will also treat such questions as: What is a measurement? And can free will and locality exist together in the quantum theory?

Refreshments will be prior to the event, at 3:15 p.m., outside Room PB-36.


Dawn Rawlinson, 486-4916,

Physics Department (primary)

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