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Faculty member earns $200,000 NSF grant

Associate Professor Alyssa Ney of the UC Davis Department of Philosophy has received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for research developing a realist interpretation of quantum mechanics. Her project is titled "Conceptual Analysis of Quantum Theories: Developing a Realistic Interpretation of the Wave Function." Although quantum theory was developed in the early 20th century and its mathematics are well understood, no realistic interpretation of quantum mechanics has been widely accepted within the physics community.

The results of Ney's research will be a rigorous and intelligible interpretation of quantum theory that provides some comprehensible options for explaining how this important theory applies to the world as we know it. This interpretation, Ney believes, has the potential to capture the public imagination. Through it, she hopes to promote wider understanding of ideas typically regarded as simply incomprehensible.