Presented by: Dr. David Kagan from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, MA, USA
Abstract: Quantum theory is the most successful physical framework ever conceived. Its predictions’ precision is unparalleled, and it has passed every experimental test. Nevertheless, since its inception, the picture of the world painted by quantum theory is a murky one. Many practicing physicists try to avoid thinking about these thorny issues. Nevertheless, I will argue that interpretations of quantum theory cannot be avoided, however pragmatic the attitude. Furthermore, by comparing classical and quantum probability theories, I aim to motivate a promising approach to interpreting quantum theory: the minimal modal interpretation.