I have heard it stated by renowned scientists, for example Stephen Hawking, that the macroscopic world is completely deterministic from a theoretical if not practical perspective, while the quantum realm is probabilistic. My question concerns the interaction of atomic radiation with the macroscopic world. The emission of a particle from a particular nucleus at a particular time is, as I understand it, purely probabilistic. If that particle hits a DNA molecule and causes a mutation resulting in cancer how can that cancer be said to be theoretically deterministic?
Kevin T. Pitts is a high energy experimentalist who has made seminal contributions to the measurement and understanding of CP violation in bottom quark decays . He received a B.A. in physics and mathematics from Anderson University (1987) and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Oregon (1989 and 1994, respectively). After working as a research associate at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in the Collider Detector Facility (CDF) experiments, Professor Pitts joined the faculty at the University of Illinois in 1999.
Professor Pitts continues to work on the CDF experiment at Fermilab. He leads the Illinois group responsible for the construction, installation, integration, and operation of the very-high-speed digital trigger (XTRP), a central component of the CDF trigger system. Professor Pitts is also co-leader of the CDF Bottom Physics working group (link: http://www-cdf.fnal.gov/physics/new/bottom/bottom.html) He was the overall project manager for the electronics for the CDF central outer tracking chamber (COT), which included coordinating design and development of the front-end electronics and trigger and the integration of data acquisition.
An engaging and gifted teacher, Professor Pitts has already received high marks for his introductory Physics lectures.
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