What is the course about?
The father of quantum theory, Neils Bohr said ‘Anyone who is not shocked by this theory has failed to understand it’. Come and be shocked by the possibilities offered by quantum theory and how it helps us to understand the universe. You will be given a broadly non-mathematical grounding in the basics of the quantum world.
What will we cover?
- Historical background of classical physics
- Decline of classical physics
- Old and New Quantum Theory
- The standard, i.e. Copenhagen, interpretation
- Other interpretations and recent developments/experiments
- Implications for our conception of reality.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Describe the historical background of classical physics
- Discuss and analyse the decline of classical physics
- Outline the main ideas within quantum physics
- Identify and analyse the realism / anti-realism debate.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and is open to all. No prior knowledge of the subject is required. However, you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course and to participate fully in discussions. GCSE-level knowledge of physics or science (or equivalent) would be useful background knowledge but not essential and mathematical skills will not be required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught in a number of different ways including presentations with visual examples, discussions and group work.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Bring a notepad and pen. No, there are no additional costs for the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might also be interested in our courses on Astronomy, the Big Bang and the history of Science (HS054) and The Search for the Ultimate Particle (HS104).
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See the course guide for term dates and further details