Science and Technology Theory

Tanja Traxler
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2023W, Proseminar (PS), 2.0 ECTS, 1.0 semester hours, course number S04949


In the realm of scientific exploration, measurement serves as the cornerstone for understanding the natural world. This interdisciplinary course delves into the fascinating world of measurement, focusing on the most precise measurements in quantum physics, quantum sensing, cosmological measurements, and the philosophical interpretations that arise from these pursuits.

We will begin with an exploration of the fundamental principles of quantum mechanics, including wave-particle duality, uncertainty principles, and quantum states. Gain insight into how quantum physics challenges classical notions of measurement and reality. Consequently, we will delve into the cutting-edge field of quantum sensing, quantum interferometry, and quantum metrology. We will thereby address how quantum phenomena are harnessed to achieve unparalleled precision in measurements.

By exploring the vast cosmos and its mysteries, we will investigate how scientists use instruments like telescopes, spectrographs, and gravitational wave detectors to measure distant galaxies, cosmic microwave background radiation, and more.

Finally, we will discuss how measurement not only defines our understanding of nature but also challenges the very foundations of our perception of reality.

Examination Modalities

Concerning the modalities for this course, each participant is asked to give a presentation. Detailed instructions are available on BASE.


09 November 2023, 09:30–11:30 KUG Lecture Room PSK 149
16 November 2023, 09:30–11:30 KUG Lecture Room PSK 149
23 November 2023, 09:30–11:30 KUG Lecture Room PSK 149
30 November 2023, 09:30–11:30 KUG Lecture Room PSK 149
07 December 2023, 09:30–11:30 KUG Lecture Room PSK 149
11 January 2024, 09:30–11:30 KUG Lecture Room PSK 149

Course Enrolment

From 01 September 2023, 00:00 to 30 November 2023, 23:55
Via online registration

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Science and Technology: Deepening / Application 700/002.20

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Study Areas 1-3: Study Area 2: Science and Technology 569/020.02

Co-registration: possible

Attending individual courses: possible