Re: [QuantumPhysicsMeetupGroup] Quantum Mechanics Lecture Notes for the Mathematically Minded

From: Paul
Sent on: Thursday, January 28, 2010 11:18 PM
Hello Dom, thanks for your email but I regret what I wrote (which was meant in private but inadvertently sent to everyone) and feel I've lessened the group somewhat.

You see (and I'm addressing all members of the group now), although I am not a spiritualist and did my university studies in Physics (and I make no secret of that), I wanted a group where people who take an interest in Quantum Mechanics (and Cosmology of course) no matter what their background and domain knowledge or view of reality etc. A great part of the popular interest in QM comes from people with a spiritual world-view, and since all scientific knowledge is a product of human intellect and endeavour, and a right, they are as entitled and encouraged to learn about the science of QM as you and I do. However, QM is fundamentally a rigourous physical science (and one that I love) with a certain experimental and theoretical framework, a vast amount of gained knowledge and research and a declared classical limit, and that that should be at the heart of any treatment of the subject.

In fact, I have taken a great effort to keep the group membership open and non-"elitist" and ensure that experts and laymen have a voice and areas of interest for them. The new forum (http://quantumphysicsandcosmology.freeforums.org/) I created and that is open to all contains sections for everyone in the group to express their interest and ask questions regardless of being scientists, mathematicians, laymen or spiritual, and have content and debates relevant to all.

My point was not to stop debate or make the group only for scientists, but just to have an outlet within the group for a more mathematical and formal treatment of the subject (I proposed in my last emails separate meetings for those interested people with maths knowledge to tackle some of the fundamental formalism of QM, which is very profound in itself but probably not interesting to everyone).

Sincere Regards,

Paul


From: Dominic Colgan <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Thu, 28 January,[masked]:23:20
Subject: RE: [QuantumPhysicsMeetupGroup] Quantum Mechanics Lecture Notes for the Mathematically Minded

Paul,

You are on the right lines now.Science means knowledge.The God Delusionists should have their fix of fantasy separately in a church somewhere.Quantum Physics is great,the Relativistic Universe better,the T.O.E sublime.

Dont forget Cosmology either !!!

Regards

Dom

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From: [address removed]
Date: 28/01/[masked]:40
To: <[address removed]>
Subj: RE: [QuantumPhysicsMeetupGroup] Quantum Mechanics Lecture Notes for the Mathematically Minded

Hi Paul,

 

Hmmm ��� I thought the debate about science vs religion was the ���juicy��� bit.  Perhaps, if you wish to keep this group to mathematicians and scientists, then you should open a debate-style group.  More comes when there is conflict. 

 

I thought the very first meet-up was amazing as everyone stood up for what they believed whether that was science or religion.  This sort of debate can really attract numbers and that brings media interest i.e. CASH!! (But, then, I was always in it for the money!!)

 

Let me know what you think.

 

Regards

Adele

 

 


From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Paul
Sent: 28 January[masked]:48
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [QuantumPhysicsMeetupGroup] Quantum Mechanics Lecture Notes for the Mathematically Minded

 

Hello Ian,

Thanks for your email and your continued support in the endeavours of the QM&C group. You are right that I want to declare openly the type of intellectual rigeur used in quantum mechanics and particle physics, and have the group respected for the type of scientific discussion that reflects the subject matter's true nature as an evolving physical science and not some odd new age movement. While the group is still open to anyone whatever beliefs they might want to express and I have made an allowance for this on the forum, by taking the level of thought and abstraction up a notch and involving ourselves in the right so


From: lan Buxton <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Thu, 28 January,[masked]:33:32
Subject: [QuantumPhysicsMeetupGroup] Quantum Mechanics Lecture Notes for the Mathematically Minded

 

Thanks, Paul. 

 

The course covers quite a lot of non-trivial stuff (as far as l'm concerned, at least) and makes the group look as though it ought to be taken seriously by anyone "dropping in" to take a look.  (Not before time :-)  )  l have saved the file and forwarded it to some close and scientifically inclined associates of mine who share my interest in the fundamental principles to which "Nature" apparently conforms, and we have e-corresponded within our own philosophy forum on such matters for the past 7 years or so, so possibly you could attract further appreciative membership.  Both are mathematicians, and one of them has a Physics Degree from QMUL. Your initiative has the advantage that it allows prospective members to understand the kind of intellectual territory which QM actually covers.  (As opposed to the kind of "territory" which quite a few people seem to have thought that they'd "like it" to cover!)

 

Sincerely hoping that this approving comment isn't considered too pugilistic by some, and looking forward to the next meet-up!

 

Kind regards

 

lan

 



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From: Paul <[address removed]>
Subject: [QuantumPhysicsMeetupGroup] Quantum Mechanics Lecture Notes for the Mathematically Minded
To: [address removed]
Date: Thursday, 28 January, 2010, 0:24

Dear All,

There are many in the group from a mathematical, engineering or physics background who have expressed an interest in looking at QM from a deeper mathematical perspective. While this will be covered in specialist talks taking place from the third week of February onwards (the dates of which you will find out shortly), I have come across a free set of lecture notes from Imperial College London, which explain the mathematical framework of QM quite well, and which seem to be relatively easy to follow considering the subject matter. I would recommend that these notes would be ideal for those with a knowledge of linear algebra or functional analysis.

The notes are at - www.lsr.ph.ic.ac.uk/~plenio/lecture.pdf

Enjoy :)

Paul




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