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God's Dice: A Dramatic Exploration of Quantum Metaphysics

Tamler, Cory (2009) God's Dice: A Dramatic Exploration of Quantum Metaphysics. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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I have already written one play, Not Eureka, which explores one way in which theatre can give a voice to science. While not a traditional "science history" play, Not Eureka concerns, and I hope illuminates, several scientific experiments of historical significance.In my current research, I have continued to explore ways to incorporate science into theatre. My project is similar to Not Eureka in that I am engaged in writing a new, full-length play (City Lights, Receding), based on research and scientific in focus. However, the project is not a repeat of my previous work. Instead of recounting and clarifying already fairly well-established scientific concepts, City Lights, Receding is philosophical, speculative, in nature.My focus as a History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) major is in the philosophy of quantum physics. I find this particular area of physical-philosophical inquiry both appealing and dramatic. My play explores, in a dramatic, speculative way, the philosophical problems presented by modern physics, and the conflict between the classical and modern worlds.I completed a graduate seminar in the philosophy of quantum mechanics in fall 2007. Since then, I have pursued research independently into the philosophy of quantum mechanics, identifying specific areas within the topic useful to the development of my script. I have focused on theories of interpretation such as GRW, many-worlds and many-minds theories. I have also been reading as many science-based plays as I can get my hands on.Fall 2008 began my writing period. By the beginning of spring semester 2009, I had a draft in reading-ready form; a seated reading through the Theatre Arts department, directed by Regina Connolly and featuring Charlie Brown (Verdenmacher), Parag S. Gohel (Armin), Mary Heyne (Marian), Lily Junker (Brody), and Joe McGranaghan (Albert Albert), was performed from April 9-11, 2009. Based on the reading and the response of audience and theatre/HPS faculty to it, I plan to revise the script with the goal of eventually pursuing full production opportunities.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
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TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairGeorge, Kathleengeorgeke@pitt.eduGEORGEKE
Committee MemberEarman, Johnjearman@pitt.eduJEARMAN
Committee MemberRuetsche, Lauraruetsche@pitt.eduRUETSCHE
Committee MemberConner,
Committee MemberSuri,
Date: 30 April 2009
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 10 April 2009
Approval Date: 30 April 2009
Submission Date: 16 April 2009
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History and Philosophy of Science
David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: incorporating science into theatre; modern theatre and modern physics; philosophy of physics; quantum metaphysics; scientific theatre; theatre; theatre and physics
Other ID:, etd-04162009-232032
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:37
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:40


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