A Popular Physics Discussion
Travis Norsen in conversation with Matt Leifer
Wednesday October 21, 5pm PST (California Time)
The Institute for Quantum Studies at Chapman University presents an online discussion between Dr. Travis Norsen (Smith College) and Dr. Matthew Leifer (co-Director of the Institute for Quantum Studies at Chapman) on quantum mechanics and nonlocality. After studying physics and philosophy as an undergraduate at Harvey Mudd College and then getting a PhD in theoretical nuclear astrophysics at the University of Washington, Travis Norsen returned to his two great passions: teaching physics to undergraduates and working independently on the foundations of quantum mechanics. He is currently a lecturer in the physics department at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. In addition to authoring the first systematic textbook on quantum foundations, Travis has written extensively on the EPR argument and Bell’s Theorem and has also worked on the de Broglie-Bohm pilot-wave theory. One idiosyncratic theme of his thinking about foundational questions is a stress on the important role played by what Bell called “local beables” in making candidate theories empirically viable. In addition to physics and philosophy, Travis (like Einstein) enjoys productive physical activities such as chopping wood; he loves gardening and cooking; and he plays, coaches, and has recently written a book about soccer. The conversation will be broadcast live on YouTube at https://rebrand.ly/IQSNorsen There will be an opportunity for audience Q&A after the event.