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By Maximilian Schlosshauer
Quantum mechanics is certainly one of mankind's such a lot outstanding highbrow achievements. Stunningly profitable and stylish, it demanding situations our inner most intuitions concerning the global. during this e-book, seventeen physicists and philosophers, all deeply fascinated with knowing quantum mechanics, respond to Schlosshauer's penetrating questions on the critical matters. They supply us an intimate examine their considerably other ways of creating feel of the theory's strangeness. what's quantum mechanics approximately? what's it telling us approximately nature? Can quantum info or new experiments aid raise the fog? And the place are we headed subsequent? everybody attracted to the modern yet frequently longstanding conundrums of quantum conception, even if lay reader or professional, will locate a lot nutrients for notion in those pages. A wealth of private reflections and anecdotes warrantly an interesting learn.
Participants: Guido Bacciagaluppi, Caslav Brukner, Jeffrey Bub, Arthur effective, Christopher Fuchs, GianCarlo Ghirardi, Shelly Goldstein, Daniel Greenberger, Lucien Hardy, Anthony Leggett, Tim Maudlin, David Mermin, Lee Smolin, Antony Valentini, David Wallace, Anton Zeilinger, and Wojciech Zurek.
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I attended a seminar by Giovanni Maria Prosperi on the so-called Daneri–Loinger–Prosperi proposal for overcoming the measurement problem. at seminar was a sort of revelation for me. In fact, even though I had taken an excellent course in quantum mechanics, I had not been so smart as John Bell and Bernard d’Espagnat, who—as they later recalled—had immediately spotted the unsatisfactory status of the theory when they were rst exposed to it. In my case, it was a re ection on what I had heard from Prosperi that led me to realize two things.
As a present, my brother had given me Vladimir Paar’s book Što se Zbiva u Atomskoj Jezgri? ) e book had all the makings of a good science book for children: grace of language, storytelling skill, and that extra spark of inspiration that can challenge and enrich the reader’s mind. I still remember how entertaining I found the illustrations of electrons, protons, neutrons, and quarks: small colored balls jumping from one ight of stairs to another while changing their energy states. But soon after reading the book, I started to struggle with the meaning of the book’s illustrations, according to which the components of ordinary things behave as, and are as real as, the things they make.
C F ⋅ How do you answer a question like this without thinking of Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers movies: “My childhood was typical. Summers in Rangoon. Luge lessons. In the spring we’d make meat helmets . . ” Maybe you’ve already had some answers like this! It takes a strange type to get involved in quantum foundations. In my case, it all had to do with science ction and growing up in a small town in Texas. If you’ve ever seen the movie e Last Picture Show, you’ll know the kind of place I mean. We had three television stations we could pick up from San Antonio, and the main things they’d show on Friday and Saturday late nights in the early seventies were science- ction and horror movies.
Elegance and enigma : the quantum interviews by Maximilian Schlosshauer