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Totally Random: Why Nobody Understands Quantum Mechanics

October 7, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Tanya Bub (author)
Tanya Bub is the founder of 48th Ave Productions, a web development company, and lives in Victoria, British Columbia. Currently, she is a part-time science communicator (Totally Random: Why Nobody Understands Quantum Mechanics and Reimagining Time: A Light Speed Tour of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity), part-time database programmer, and part-time driftwood sculptor.


Jeffrey Bub (author)
Jeffrey Bub received his PhD in mathematical physics from London University in 1966, where he studied physics with David Bohm at Birkbeck College and philosophy of science with Karl Popper at the London School of Economics. He has published numerous articles in scientific and scholarly journals on the conceptual foundations of quantum mechanics and is the author of several books: The Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics (Reidel, 1974), Interpreting the Quantum World (Cambridge University Press, 1997), which won the prestigious Lakatos Award in 1998, Bananaworld: Quantum Mechanics for Primates (Oxford University Press, 2016; revised paperback edition, 2018), and Totally Random: Why Nobody Understands Quantum Mechanics (Princeton University Press, 2018; co-authored with Tanya Bub). He is currently a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland, College Park.


Louisa Gilder (discussant)
Louisa Gilder is the author and illustrator of The Age of Entanglement: When Quantum Physics Was Reborn, one of only five science books on The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2009, which has been translated into Korean, Japanese, and (this September) Chinese. She lives and hikes with her husband, 1-year-old daughter, and dog in the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts, sometimes accompanied by her goats.


Tiffany Nichols (discussant)
Tiffany Nichols is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University. Her current research focuses on how place, surrounding environment, and laboratory are embedded in the output signals of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). In this vein, she focuses on how physicists and engineers understand what is a gravitational wave signal and what is merely noise generated by the instrument, its location, and surrounding environment.

Prior to her PhD studies, Tiffany earned both a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Electrical Engineering and a Juris Doctor (JD) at the University of Virginia. Tiffany has also held positions at The RAND Corporation, the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and at highly ranked U.S. law firms, where she focused on intellectual property litigation, patent prosecution and portfolio management. In addition, Tiffany is the 2019 and 2020 Chair for theForum of Graduate Student Affairs of the American Physical Society


October 7, 2020
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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