Dr. Charles Bennett - IBM Research Yorktown Heights, NY
“Boltzmann’s brain and Wigner’s friend”
Modern cosmology has given new urgency to some early 20th century puzzles that had seemed to be more in the realm of unanswerable philosophy than science: the Boltzmann’s brain problem of whether we might be merely a rare statistical fluctuation in an old dead universe, rather than inhabitants of a thriving young one, and the Wigner’s friend problem, of what it feels like to be inside an unobserved quantum superposition.
Friday, January 9th, in Mason Seminar Room 211 at 12.00 noon
Pizza will be served 11.45 am
Host: Michel Devoret