Public Talk - Sean Carroll: The Many Worlds of Quantum Mechanics

Event time: 
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
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Hybrid - YQI Seminar Room/Zoom See map
Event description: 
We have the pleasure to welcome physicist and science communicator Sean Carroll from Caltech for an open-to-all lively science presentation on the astonishing conclusion quantum physicists made: our world is branching into different versions!

Come learn more about the fascinating many worlds of quantum mechanics! This talk is meant to be accessible to all, anyone interested in this topic should attend regardless of previous knowledge.

This event is hybrid. Please register to attend in person in YQI Seminar Room (Yale only - limited to 70 people). Alternatively, Register here to receive the link to stream the event  and ask all your questions to Sean!

The Many Worlds of Quantum Mechanics
One of the great intellectual achievements of the twentieth century was the theory of quantum mechanics, according to which observational results can only be predicted probabilistically rather than with certainty. Yet, after decades in which the theory has been successfully used on an everyday basis, most physicists would agree that we still don’t truly understand what it means. I will talk about the source of this puzzlement, and explain why an increasing number of physicists are led to an apparently astonishing conclusion: that the world we experience is constantly branching into different versions, representing the different possible outcomes of quantum measurements. This could have important consequences for quantum gravity and the emergence of spacetime.