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What is Real

384 pages, 2019

science & nature

science & nature

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In 1927, physicist Niels Bohr introduced the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics. Despite its popularity within the physics community, the Copenhagen interpretation has generated many questions that have gone unanswered. A mishmash of solipsism and poor reasoning, many physicists have rejected it.

 In 1926, physicist John Bell published an article in Physics Review calling for open debate on the basis for certain quantum correlations. David Bohm's 1951 paper “A Suggested Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics” proposed a deterministic hidden variable theory to explain quantum mechanics' statistical predictions; Hugh Everett's 1957 doctoral dissertation gave this theory its name: “Theory of the Multiverse.” As a result of these efforts by scientists like Bell, Bohm and Everett, and others, today there is an active dialogue about what constitutes reality.

The Quantum Debate

In 'What is Real', Adam Becker explores the ongoing debate about the interpretation of quantum mechanics. He encourages readers to look into the different perspectives and theories that scientists have proposed over the years.

The Role of Philosophical Interpretation

Becker emphasizes the importance of philosophical interpretation in understanding quantum mechanics. He suggests that it's not just about the math and physics, but also about how we interpret and understand these concepts.

The Influence of Niels Bohr

The book highlights the significant influence of physicist Niels Bohr on the development of quantum mechanics. Becker invites readers to research more about Bohr's 'Copenhagen interpretation' and its impact on the field.

Challenging the Status Quo

Becker isn't afraid to challenge the status quo. In 'What is Real', he questions the widely accepted interpretations of quantum mechanics and encourages readers to do the same.

The Human Aspect of Science

One of the key takeaways from 'What is Real' is that science is a human endeavor. Becker shows that it's not just about cold, hard facts, but also about the people who discover and interpret these facts.


authorBrian Cox

Brian Cox