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Fay Dowker, Professor of Theoretical Physics, Imperial College London
Eleanor Knox, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, King’s College London
Simon Saunders, Professor of Philosophy of Physics, University of Oxford

Jonathan Birch, Fellow, The Forum; Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, LSE

Is Schrödinger’s cat alive or dead? This thought experiment was devised to illustrate a fundamental puzzle in quantum mechanics. A radical solution is that the cat is both alive and dead, but in different, parallel universes. This is the ‘many-worlds interpretation’ of quantum mechanics and our panel of philosophers and physicists will discuss why it is controversial and its strange consequences.

Image credit: Les Chatfield, ‘Mirror mirror

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