Thursday, September 22, 2011

PI's Hawking Centre: Further Reflections

Warning: Visiting this place can have you bent out of shape :-)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Perimeter Institute Imparts Some Wisdom

This provokes the question:

How many lumps does the universe want?

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Bell's Theorem and Quantum Realism

Just discovered this today and thus I am looking forward to getting a copy upon its release; scheduled for November 28th. In my humble opinion I find Dr. Hemmick as having one of the strongest understandings of the matters for which a synopsis is given by the publisher Springer as found below. I’m also confident that anyone in reading it will come to the same conclusion about the author’s understanding and insights regarding these foundational issues as I have.

"Quantum theory presents a strange picture of the world, offering no real account of physical properties apart from observation. Neils Bohr felt that this reflected a core truth of nature: "There is no quantum world. There is only an abstract mathematical description." Among the most significant developments since Bohr’s day has been the theorem of John S. Bell. It is important to consider whether Bell’s analysis supports such a denial of microrealism. In this book, we evaluate the situation in terms of an early work of Erwin Schr√∂dinger. Doing so, we see how Bell’s theorem is conceptually related to the Conway and Kochen Free Will theorem and also to all the major anti-realism efforts. It is easy to show that none of these analyses imply the impossibility of objective realism. We find that Schr√∂dinger’s work leads to the derivation of a new series of theoretical proofs and potential experiments, each involving “entanglement,” the link between particles in some quantum systems."

-Springer Briefs in Physics (Description), “Bell's Theorem and Quantum Realism