EXPLORING ALL PATHS:
Quantum mechanics is a view of the material world which is sufficiently counter-intuitive so that even those most actively involved in its advancement today remain uncertain about exactly how its essence is best interpreted and conveyed.
Richard Feynman, a Nobel Prize physicist, came up with a way to interpret
quantum mechanics that allows one to retain most of the intuitions we have
for the behavior of particles (as opposed to other interpretations which
instead rely on our intuitions about waves). In this exhibit, you can work
through Feynman's way of thinking about quantum behavior which he summarized
"The Boundaries of Nature: Special and general relativity and quantum
mechanics, a second course in physics:"
Edwin F. Taylor's acceptance speech for the 1988 Oersted Medal presented by the AAPT. Am. J. Phys. 66, 369(1998).
Richard P. Feynman, "QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter"
(Princeton U. P., Princeton, 1985).
I. The Exhibit
II. The Collaboration
Feynman's admonition "To Explore All Paths!" also turned out to be very apt advice for a successful collaboration.
III. Future and Related Work
This project is in progress at :
Interactive Physics - annotated list of websites can be found at:
POST-TALK DISCUSSION BY AUDIENCE:
What do you feel are the key incentives for and barriers to interdisciplinary work like that illustrated in this talk?
|Lack of venue for meeting/thinking/talking||Being energized|
|Inability to compromise||Learn new things/ideas/perspectives|
|Funding (FTE's)||Broader understanding for students|
|Lack of opportunities to talk with others||Help with solving a problem|
|Product of collaboration wouldn't count in professional evaluation||Better preparation for pre-service teachers|
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