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What is real? : the unfinished quest for the meaning of quantum physics

By: Becker, Adam

1473661358 / 9781473661356
Hardback
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31/05/2018
Stock expected by 16/04/2021
United Kingdom
24 cm ix, 370 pages : illustrations (black and white)
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Every physicist agrees quantum mechanics is among humanity's finest scientific achievements.

But ask what it means, and the result will be a brawl.

For a century, most physicists have followed Niels Bohr's Copenhagen interpretation and dismissed questions about the reality underlying quantum physics as meaningless.

A mishmash of solipsism and poor reasoning, Copenhagen endured, as Bohr's students vigorously protected his legacy, and the physics community favoured practical experiments over philosophical arguments.

As a result, questioning the status quo long meant professional ruin. And yet, from the 1920s to today, physicists like John Bell, David Bohm, and Hugh Everett persisted in seeking the true meaning of quantum mechanics.

What is Real? is the gripping story of this battle of ideas and the courageous scientists who dared to stand up for truth.

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PDZ Popular science, PHQ Quantum physics (quantum mechanics & quantum field theory)

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