What Is Real?: The Unfinished Quest For The Meaning Of Quantum Physics by Adam BeckerWhat Is Real?: The Unfinished Quest For The Meaning Of Quantum Physics by Adam Becker

What Is Real?: The Unfinished Quest For The Meaning Of Quantum Physics

byAdam Becker

Hardcover | March 20, 2018

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The untold story of the heretical thinkers who dared to question the nature of our quantum universe

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 favored 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.

Adam Becker is a science writer with a PhD in astrophysics. He has written for the BBC and New Scientist, and is a visiting scholar at University of California, Berkeley's Office for History of Science and Technology. He lives in Oakland, California.
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Title:What Is Real?: The Unfinished Quest For The Meaning Of Quantum PhysicsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.5 × 6.25 × 1.38 inPublished:March 20, 2018Publisher:Basic BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0465096050

ISBN - 13:9780465096053

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"Quantum mechanics is astoundingly successful, but its proper meaning and interpretation remains an open question that vexes physicists to this day. Adam Becker brings this topic to life by explaining the science, and the ongoing human struggle to make sense of the quantum world. His book reads like a novel."-Art Friedman, co-author of Quantum Mechanics and Special Relativity and Classical Field Theory