2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: FO 2.404
Louisiana State University
Representing Quantum Mechanics: ideas from Frobenius to Heisenberg and von Neumann
Quantum mechanics as formulated by Heisenberg is based on certain commutation relations between operators. It was shown by von Neumann that these canonical commutation relations have an essentially unique representation in terms of concretely specified operators. In this talk we will describe the intellectual backdrop to von Neumann's proof, an intertwining of ideas developed by Frobenius, Weyl, Heisenberg, and others.
Sponsored by the Department of Mathematical Sciences