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David Albert

Professor of Philosophy and Director of the M.A. Program in The Philosophical Foundations of Physics, Columbia University

David Z Albert, PhD, is Frederick E. Woodbridge Professor of Philosophy and Director of the MA Program in The Philosophical Foundations of Physics at Columbia University in New York. He received his BS in physics from Columbia College (1976) and his doctorate in theoretical physics from The Rockefeller University (1981) under Professor Nicola Khuri. Afterwards he worked with Professor Yakir Aharonov of Tel Aviv University.

Albert has published two books (Quantum Mechanics and Experience (1992) and Time and Chance (2000) and numerous articles on quantum mechanics. His books are both praised and criticized for their informal, conversational style, but he is routinely credited by both fan and critic as having a talent for communicating difficult, highly abstract concepts in ways that are accessible to the lay science reader.

Albert appeared in the controversial movie What the Bleep Do We Know!? (2004). He was disappointed with the final product, claiming that the film’s producers used selective editing to make him appear to agree with claims that he completely disagreed with.

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After Physics

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The Wave Function: Essays on the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics

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Quantum Mechanics and Experience

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Time and Chance

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