Seminar to feature quantum theory talk

The Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics Department Seminar will host a talk by David Clark, Department of Mathematics, SUNY New Paltz, on Friday, March 23, at 3 p.m. in Fitzelle 205. Dr. Clark will present his lecture “Quantum Theoretic Reality: the EPR Experiment.”

Dr. Clark is a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at SUNY New Paltz. He has done extensive research in the field of universal algebra and is a prominent advocate in the employment of inquiry-based learning strategies in mathematics instruction. Among his many honors, he has been awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, has been named SUNY Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, and Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Melbourne, Australia.

This lecture will be accessible to a general audience, including both faculty and students. All are welcome.

Abstract:

Since its inception a century ago, quantum theory has served to accurately predict behavior at the atomic and subatomic levels. In his famous statement, “God does not play dice,” Albert Einstein objected to its probabilistic formulation, maintaining that there must be a more fundamental theory that would supply the missing information. This lecture will present a famous thought experiment which he and two colleagues devised to establish their point of view.  Years after his passing, the technology was developed to carry out this experiment and – contrary to Einstein’s expectations – it showed that there can be no more complete theory. This forces us to accept a reality at the subatomic level that is quite different from our human scale experience.