“I think I can safely say nobody understands Quantum mechanics“ – Richard Feynman's famous quote does not really encourage an unprejudiced and light-hearted encounter with quantum physics, as it seems to ban this field into the realm of the mythical and unexplainable. The consequences of quantum physics for our conception of the world, however, are so dramatic that they can be appreciated by everyone, and with very little mathematical formalism. Starting from our intuitive everyday-experience, we will formulate what we expect from a "reasonable" physical theory. We will then appreciate how, despite its phenomenal success in describing microscopic phenomena, quantum physics clearly violates these most basic requirements and thereby challenges the cornerstones of our understanding of the physical world.
About Malte Tichy
With a thesis on high-energy phenomenology, Malte Tichy received a binational diploma in physics from the Universities of Tübingen and Trento in 2008. During his PhD studies at Freiburg University, which he finalized in 2011, he dealt with quantum correlations and interference effects of identical particles. His subsequent postdoctoral research lead him to the University of Aarhus, where he investigated quantum statistical many-particle phenomena and worked on a quantum informational approach to composite bosons and fermions. Since fall 2015, Malte is developing machine learning models at Blue Yonder, a company specialized in enterprise-ready artificial-intelligence software.