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PERIMETER INSTITUTE RECORDED SEMINAR ARCHIVE

Displaying all lectures given by: N. David Mermin


PIRSA:09090077  ( MP4 Medium Res , MP3 , PDF ) Which Format?
Confusing Ontic and Epistemic Causes Trouble in Classical Physics Too
Speaker(s): N. David Mermin
Abstract: The subject of this conference is the Quantum State --- what the hell it is. A central issue is whether quantum states describe reality (the ontic view) or an agent's knowledge of reality (the epistemic view). Advocates of the epistemic view maintain that many quantum puzzles and conundra are artifa... read more
Date: 27/09/2009 - 9:30 am

PIRSA:06070037  ( MP4 Medium Res , MP3 , PDF ) Which Format?
Geometry of Flat Spacetime
Speaker(s): N. David Mermin
Abstract: I will show Abner how to construct Minkowski's space-time diagrams directly from Einstein's two postulates and some very elementary plane geometry. This geometric route into special relativity was developed while teaching the subject to nonscientists, but some of its features may be unfamiliar to ph... read more
Date: 18/07/2006 - 9:15 am
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