Introduction to Quantum Foundations (2008) [36 mins]

Short introductory talk given at the Perimeter Institute Young Researchers Conference 2008

The talk is aimed at graduate-level physicists who are not specialised in the field of quantum foundations. The talk consists of two parts:

[0:0015:56] What does it mean to understand quantum theory? What is lacking in our current understanding?

[15:57–35:52] Introduction to non-locality (entanglement, EPR, Bell-CHSH inequality).

Foundations of Quantum Mechanics #2 (2008) [85 mins]

Second of two introductory talks on quantum foundations given as part of Perimeter Institute's New Horizons In Fundamental Physics lecture course for undergraduates.

This talk focusses explicitly on the strategy of reconstruction as a way to understand quantum theory—that is, attempting to derive the mathematics of quantum theory from a small number of physically well-motivated postulates.

Please note that these two introductory talks follow on from Owen Maroney's first four talks on quantum foundations in the same series, and presuppose them. However, this second talk is essentially self-contained.

Foundations of Quantum Mechanics #1 (2008) [78 mins]

First of two introductory talks on quantum foundations given as part of Perimeter Institute's New Horizons In Fundamental Physics lecture course for undergraduates.

This talk addresses the broad question of what kind of understanding of quantum theory we seek, and proceeds to discuss the various strategies that have been employed to gain an understanding of quantum theory, and what they have achieved.

Please note that these two talks follow on from Owen Maroney's first four talks on quantum foundations in the same series, and presuppose them. However, roughly the first half of this talk is self-contained.