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When: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where: Skinner : 1115
Event Type(s): Colloquium

Jeffrey Bub, University of Maryland

"Bananaworld: Quantum Mechanics for Primates"
This is intended to be a serious talk, in spite of the title. The idea is that quantum mechanics is about probabilistic correlations, i.e., about the structure of information, since a theory of information is essentially a theory of probabilistic correlations. To make this clear, it suffices to consider measurements of two binary-valued observables performed by Alice in a region A and by Bob in a separated region B -- or, to emphasize the banality of the phenomena, two ways of peeling a banana, resulting in one of two tastes. The imagined bananas of Bananaworld are non-standard, with probabilistic correlations for peelings and tastes that cannot be simulated by Alice and Bob if....


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Louise Gilman
Dept of Philosophy

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