Electrons Aligned and Felines Undefined: Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics and Perturbing the Spin-Orbit Interaction in Electrons

Karl Smith

2013

This thesis is contains an exploration of various questions about quantum mechanical interpretations as well as an examination of the spin-orbit interaction using perturbation theory. Does consciousness change reality through measurement? Can we come to know things about reality? Do we infer our under- standing of reality indirectly, or can we perceive things as they are? Can we even speak meaningfully about the external physical world? Does the notion of language and translation cause problems for our understanding of a quantum reality? In the physics chapters I explore perturbation theory and create a mathematica program to solve for the perturbation matrix.