Posted: February 16, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized

Why Physics Students Need Philosophy Too

Quantum Mechanics is notoriously difficult, and the subject has raised some deep questions about the natural world. Perhaps the best known example is the Schrodinger’s cat thought experiment that poses the following question: does quantum mechanics imply that a cat can be both dead and alive at the same time?

Physics education researchers have found that professors often glance over or sidestep fundamental questions like this, and it’s hindering students’ understanding. Touching on these interpretive questions not only makes students more excited about physics, but it also leads to a better understanding of the underlying physics principles.

(via Physics Buzz: Why Physics Students Need Philosophy Too)

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