What Is Real?: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics

What Is Real?: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics

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 un The untold story of the heretical thinkers who dared to question the nature of our quantum universe Every physicist ag...

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Title:What Is Real?: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics
Author:Adam Becker
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What Is Real?: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics Reviews

  • Ari
    Mar 27, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

    59th book for 2018. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. With no math (!) Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. The history itself is...

    Solid debate on the rise and fall of the Copenhagen interpretation and rise of its competitors like Bohmian mechanics, Many Worlds. Covers Einstein's qualms of around the probabilities and the EPR thought experiment which was meant to show that QM couldn't be the whole picture because ...

    Here's a brief excerpt of my review of "What is Real?" for Nature magazine, which was just published today. Please check out the full review here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d4158... All hell broke loose in physics some 90 years ago. Quantum theory emerged ? partly in heate...

    QM is undeniably non-intuitive and weird, but the Copenhagen Interpretation(s) are far more weird than necessary, and have been used to sell a lot of quack-pot ideas. There are other interpretations, which are still weird, but much less so. The other interpretations don't require crazy...

    Quantum mechanics is one of the most solid, well-tested parts of physics. Everybody (at least, everybody relevant to this book) agrees how to use quantum mechanics to do things like predict the behavior of semiconductors and molecular bonds. But not everybody agrees on what the theory ...

  • Ramin
    Mar 27, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

    59th book for 2018. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. With no math (!) Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. The history itself is...

    Solid debate on the rise and fall of the Copenhagen interpretation and rise of its competitors like Bohmian mechanics, Many Worlds. Covers Einstein's qualms of around the probabilities and the EPR thought experiment which was meant to show that QM couldn't be the whole picture because ...

    Here's a brief excerpt of my review of "What is Real?" for Nature magazine, which was just published today. Please check out the full review here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d4158... All hell broke loose in physics some 90 years ago. Quantum theory emerged ? partly in heate...

  • Jim Coughenour
    Jun 06, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

    59th book for 2018. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. With no math (!) Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. The history itself is...

    Solid debate on the rise and fall of the Copenhagen interpretation and rise of its competitors like Bohmian mechanics, Many Worlds. Covers Einstein's qualms of around the probabilities and the EPR thought experiment which was meant to show that QM couldn't be the whole picture because ...

    Here's a brief excerpt of my review of "What is Real?" for Nature magazine, which was just published today. Please check out the full review here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d4158... All hell broke loose in physics some 90 years ago. Quantum theory emerged ? partly in heate...

    QM is undeniably non-intuitive and weird, but the Copenhagen Interpretation(s) are far more weird than necessary, and have been used to sell a lot of quack-pot ideas. There are other interpretations, which are still weird, but much less so. The other interpretations don't require crazy...

    Quantum mechanics is one of the most solid, well-tested parts of physics. Everybody (at least, everybody relevant to this book) agrees how to use quantum mechanics to do things like predict the behavior of semiconductors and molecular bonds. But not everybody agrees on what the theory ...

    I first heard about this book when the author, Adam Becker, was first on Cara Santa Maria's "Talk Nerdy" podcast, and he had such a cool personality and a sound worldview that I knew I was gonna have to pick this book up. I was not disappointed. This is the popsci book I've been wai...

    An excellent book that does not answer the title question?but is mostly convincing that the question is worth asking and that we can make scientific progress in addressing it. The book is well written with an interspersing of human stories, scientific description, and Becker?s own ...

    One of the grand narratives of the 20th century is the history of physics ? the elucidation of relativity by Einstein and the subsequent development of quantum physics by Bohr, Heisenberg, Schroedinger et al. Richard Rhodes provides a superlative account in The Making of the Atomic B...

  • Todd
    Apr 03, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

    59th book for 2018. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. With no math (!) Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. The history itself is...

    Solid debate on the rise and fall of the Copenhagen interpretation and rise of its competitors like Bohmian mechanics, Many Worlds. Covers Einstein's qualms of around the probabilities and the EPR thought experiment which was meant to show that QM couldn't be the whole picture because ...

    Here's a brief excerpt of my review of "What is Real?" for Nature magazine, which was just published today. Please check out the full review here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d4158... All hell broke loose in physics some 90 years ago. Quantum theory emerged ? partly in heate...

    QM is undeniably non-intuitive and weird, but the Copenhagen Interpretation(s) are far more weird than necessary, and have been used to sell a lot of quack-pot ideas. There are other interpretations, which are still weird, but much less so. The other interpretations don't require crazy...

    Quantum mechanics is one of the most solid, well-tested parts of physics. Everybody (at least, everybody relevant to this book) agrees how to use quantum mechanics to do things like predict the behavior of semiconductors and molecular bonds. But not everybody agrees on what the theory ...

    I first heard about this book when the author, Adam Becker, was first on Cara Santa Maria's "Talk Nerdy" podcast, and he had such a cool personality and a sound worldview that I knew I was gonna have to pick this book up. I was not disappointed. This is the popsci book I've been wai...

    An excellent book that does not answer the title question?but is mostly convincing that the question is worth asking and that we can make scientific progress in addressing it. The book is well written with an interspersing of human stories, scientific description, and Becker?s own ...

    One of the grand narratives of the 20th century is the history of physics ? the elucidation of relativity by Einstein and the subsequent development of quantum physics by Bohr, Heisenberg, Schroedinger et al. Richard Rhodes provides a superlative account in The Making of the Atomic B...

    My mind has never been messed up so amazingly. A very inspiring book. ...

    A book for anyone interested in the intersection between physics, philosophy, and history. You don't have to study quantum mechanics to understand this book, but after reading it, you will surely want to. ...

    This book is so redundant. Could relate all the details in half the pages if things were not repeated so many times. ...

    History of some of the confusions, questions, and controversies surrounding quantum mechanics, unfortunately without clear answers because there aren?t any?except that the long and generally accepted Copenhagen interpretation is wrong and has held things back from its outset. When ...

    Take my review from a computer/environmental engineer's perspective, not a physicist's. I thought this book was excellent. I've read a few other books on QM that really focused on the math (Leonard Susskind's was great for this). However, while understanding the math is important for a...

    Copenhagen, many-worlds, pilot waves, spontaneous collapse, non-localism, hidden variables, falsifiability, logical positivism, Bell's Theorem, the EPR paper, cosmological constant,...These ideas and the people behind them make up Adam Becker's wonderful account of quantum physics. Lik...

  • Ed Erwin
    Apr 13, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

    59th book for 2018. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. With no math (!) Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. The history itself is...

    Solid debate on the rise and fall of the Copenhagen interpretation and rise of its competitors like Bohmian mechanics, Many Worlds. Covers Einstein's qualms of around the probabilities and the EPR thought experiment which was meant to show that QM couldn't be the whole picture because ...

    Here's a brief excerpt of my review of "What is Real?" for Nature magazine, which was just published today. Please check out the full review here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d4158... All hell broke loose in physics some 90 years ago. Quantum theory emerged ? partly in heate...

    QM is undeniably non-intuitive and weird, but the Copenhagen Interpretation(s) are far more weird than necessary, and have been used to sell a lot of quack-pot ideas. There are other interpretations, which are still weird, but much less so. The other interpretations don't require crazy...

  • Robby
    May 15, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

    59th book for 2018. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. With no math (!) Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. The history itself is...

    Solid debate on the rise and fall of the Copenhagen interpretation and rise of its competitors like Bohmian mechanics, Many Worlds. Covers Einstein's qualms of around the probabilities and the EPR thought experiment which was meant to show that QM couldn't be the whole picture because ...

    Here's a brief excerpt of my review of "What is Real?" for Nature magazine, which was just published today. Please check out the full review here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d4158... All hell broke loose in physics some 90 years ago. Quantum theory emerged ? partly in heate...

    QM is undeniably non-intuitive and weird, but the Copenhagen Interpretation(s) are far more weird than necessary, and have been used to sell a lot of quack-pot ideas. There are other interpretations, which are still weird, but much less so. The other interpretations don't require crazy...

    Quantum mechanics is one of the most solid, well-tested parts of physics. Everybody (at least, everybody relevant to this book) agrees how to use quantum mechanics to do things like predict the behavior of semiconductors and molecular bonds. But not everybody agrees on what the theory ...

    I first heard about this book when the author, Adam Becker, was first on Cara Santa Maria's "Talk Nerdy" podcast, and he had such a cool personality and a sound worldview that I knew I was gonna have to pick this book up. I was not disappointed. This is the popsci book I've been wai...

    An excellent book that does not answer the title question?but is mostly convincing that the question is worth asking and that we can make scientific progress in addressing it. The book is well written with an interspersing of human stories, scientific description, and Becker?s own ...

    One of the grand narratives of the 20th century is the history of physics ? the elucidation of relativity by Einstein and the subsequent development of quantum physics by Bohr, Heisenberg, Schroedinger et al. Richard Rhodes provides a superlative account in The Making of the Atomic B...

    My mind has never been messed up so amazingly. A very inspiring book. ...

    A book for anyone interested in the intersection between physics, philosophy, and history. You don't have to study quantum mechanics to understand this book, but after reading it, you will surely want to. ...

    This book is so redundant. Could relate all the details in half the pages if things were not repeated so many times. ...

    History of some of the confusions, questions, and controversies surrounding quantum mechanics, unfortunately without clear answers because there aren?t any?except that the long and generally accepted Copenhagen interpretation is wrong and has held things back from its outset. When ...

    Take my review from a computer/environmental engineer's perspective, not a physicist's. I thought this book was excellent. I've read a few other books on QM that really focused on the math (Leonard Susskind's was great for this). However, while understanding the math is important for a...

    Copenhagen, many-worlds, pilot waves, spontaneous collapse, non-localism, hidden variables, falsifiability, logical positivism, Bell's Theorem, the EPR paper, cosmological constant,...These ideas and the people behind them make up Adam Becker's wonderful account of quantum physics. Lik...

    Great overview of the core debates around quantum mechanics. About 20 years ago, I was very interested in this topic and read several books, so a lot of the history Becker recounts was familiar (though a good refresher). But this was the best explication of the core debates about what ...

    too early to review but a lot of history. A different view of the history of quantum mechanics but none the less still history. I should add it's the build up of the Copenhagen interpretation leading to Einsteins famous quote "God does not play dice". added a star. first half was sa...

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  • Michael Flick
    Apr 19, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

    59th book for 2018. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. With no math (!) Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. The history itself is...

    Solid debate on the rise and fall of the Copenhagen interpretation and rise of its competitors like Bohmian mechanics, Many Worlds. Covers Einstein's qualms of around the probabilities and the EPR thought experiment which was meant to show that QM couldn't be the whole picture because ...

    Here's a brief excerpt of my review of "What is Real?" for Nature magazine, which was just published today. Please check out the full review here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d4158... All hell broke loose in physics some 90 years ago. Quantum theory emerged ? partly in heate...

    QM is undeniably non-intuitive and weird, but the Copenhagen Interpretation(s) are far more weird than necessary, and have been used to sell a lot of quack-pot ideas. There are other interpretations, which are still weird, but much less so. The other interpretations don't require crazy...

    Quantum mechanics is one of the most solid, well-tested parts of physics. Everybody (at least, everybody relevant to this book) agrees how to use quantum mechanics to do things like predict the behavior of semiconductors and molecular bonds. But not everybody agrees on what the theory ...

    I first heard about this book when the author, Adam Becker, was first on Cara Santa Maria's "Talk Nerdy" podcast, and he had such a cool personality and a sound worldview that I knew I was gonna have to pick this book up. I was not disappointed. This is the popsci book I've been wai...

    An excellent book that does not answer the title question?but is mostly convincing that the question is worth asking and that we can make scientific progress in addressing it. The book is well written with an interspersing of human stories, scientific description, and Becker?s own ...

    One of the grand narratives of the 20th century is the history of physics ? the elucidation of relativity by Einstein and the subsequent development of quantum physics by Bohr, Heisenberg, Schroedinger et al. Richard Rhodes provides a superlative account in The Making of the Atomic B...

    My mind has never been messed up so amazingly. A very inspiring book. ...

    A book for anyone interested in the intersection between physics, philosophy, and history. You don't have to study quantum mechanics to understand this book, but after reading it, you will surely want to. ...

    This book is so redundant. Could relate all the details in half the pages if things were not repeated so many times. ...

    History of some of the confusions, questions, and controversies surrounding quantum mechanics, unfortunately without clear answers because there aren?t any?except that the long and generally accepted Copenhagen interpretation is wrong and has held things back from its outset. When ...

  • Phil Costa
    Jun 08, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

    59th book for 2018. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. With no math (!) Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. The history itself is...

    Solid debate on the rise and fall of the Copenhagen interpretation and rise of its competitors like Bohmian mechanics, Many Worlds. Covers Einstein's qualms of around the probabilities and the EPR thought experiment which was meant to show that QM couldn't be the whole picture because ...

    Here's a brief excerpt of my review of "What is Real?" for Nature magazine, which was just published today. Please check out the full review here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d4158... All hell broke loose in physics some 90 years ago. Quantum theory emerged ? partly in heate...

    QM is undeniably non-intuitive and weird, but the Copenhagen Interpretation(s) are far more weird than necessary, and have been used to sell a lot of quack-pot ideas. There are other interpretations, which are still weird, but much less so. The other interpretations don't require crazy...

    Quantum mechanics is one of the most solid, well-tested parts of physics. Everybody (at least, everybody relevant to this book) agrees how to use quantum mechanics to do things like predict the behavior of semiconductors and molecular bonds. But not everybody agrees on what the theory ...

    I first heard about this book when the author, Adam Becker, was first on Cara Santa Maria's "Talk Nerdy" podcast, and he had such a cool personality and a sound worldview that I knew I was gonna have to pick this book up. I was not disappointed. This is the popsci book I've been wai...

    An excellent book that does not answer the title question?but is mostly convincing that the question is worth asking and that we can make scientific progress in addressing it. The book is well written with an interspersing of human stories, scientific description, and Becker?s own ...

    One of the grand narratives of the 20th century is the history of physics ? the elucidation of relativity by Einstein and the subsequent development of quantum physics by Bohr, Heisenberg, Schroedinger et al. Richard Rhodes provides a superlative account in The Making of the Atomic B...

    My mind has never been messed up so amazingly. A very inspiring book. ...

    A book for anyone interested in the intersection between physics, philosophy, and history. You don't have to study quantum mechanics to understand this book, but after reading it, you will surely want to. ...

    This book is so redundant. Could relate all the details in half the pages if things were not repeated so many times. ...

    History of some of the confusions, questions, and controversies surrounding quantum mechanics, unfortunately without clear answers because there aren?t any?except that the long and generally accepted Copenhagen interpretation is wrong and has held things back from its outset. When ...

    Take my review from a computer/environmental engineer's perspective, not a physicist's. I thought this book was excellent. I've read a few other books on QM that really focused on the math (Leonard Susskind's was great for this). However, while understanding the math is important for a...

    Copenhagen, many-worlds, pilot waves, spontaneous collapse, non-localism, hidden variables, falsifiability, logical positivism, Bell's Theorem, the EPR paper, cosmological constant,...These ideas and the people behind them make up Adam Becker's wonderful account of quantum physics. Lik...

    Great overview of the core debates around quantum mechanics. About 20 years ago, I was very interested in this topic and read several books, so a lot of the history Becker recounts was familiar (though a good refresher). But this was the best explication of the core debates about what ...

  • Paperclippe
    May 07, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

    59th book for 2018. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. With no math (!) Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. The history itself is...

    Solid debate on the rise and fall of the Copenhagen interpretation and rise of its competitors like Bohmian mechanics, Many Worlds. Covers Einstein's qualms of around the probabilities and the EPR thought experiment which was meant to show that QM couldn't be the whole picture because ...

    Here's a brief excerpt of my review of "What is Real?" for Nature magazine, which was just published today. Please check out the full review here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d4158... All hell broke loose in physics some 90 years ago. Quantum theory emerged ? partly in heate...

    QM is undeniably non-intuitive and weird, but the Copenhagen Interpretation(s) are far more weird than necessary, and have been used to sell a lot of quack-pot ideas. There are other interpretations, which are still weird, but much less so. The other interpretations don't require crazy...

    Quantum mechanics is one of the most solid, well-tested parts of physics. Everybody (at least, everybody relevant to this book) agrees how to use quantum mechanics to do things like predict the behavior of semiconductors and molecular bonds. But not everybody agrees on what the theory ...

    I first heard about this book when the author, Adam Becker, was first on Cara Santa Maria's "Talk Nerdy" podcast, and he had such a cool personality and a sound worldview that I knew I was gonna have to pick this book up. I was not disappointed. This is the popsci book I've been wai...

  • Jason Furman
    May 10, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

    59th book for 2018. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. With no math (!) Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. The history itself is...

    Solid debate on the rise and fall of the Copenhagen interpretation and rise of its competitors like Bohmian mechanics, Many Worlds. Covers Einstein's qualms of around the probabilities and the EPR thought experiment which was meant to show that QM couldn't be the whole picture because ...

    Here's a brief excerpt of my review of "What is Real?" for Nature magazine, which was just published today. Please check out the full review here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d4158... All hell broke loose in physics some 90 years ago. Quantum theory emerged ? partly in heate...

    QM is undeniably non-intuitive and weird, but the Copenhagen Interpretation(s) are far more weird than necessary, and have been used to sell a lot of quack-pot ideas. There are other interpretations, which are still weird, but much less so. The other interpretations don't require crazy...

    Quantum mechanics is one of the most solid, well-tested parts of physics. Everybody (at least, everybody relevant to this book) agrees how to use quantum mechanics to do things like predict the behavior of semiconductors and molecular bonds. But not everybody agrees on what the theory ...

    I first heard about this book when the author, Adam Becker, was first on Cara Santa Maria's "Talk Nerdy" podcast, and he had such a cool personality and a sound worldview that I knew I was gonna have to pick this book up. I was not disappointed. This is the popsci book I've been wai...

    An excellent book that does not answer the title question?but is mostly convincing that the question is worth asking and that we can make scientific progress in addressing it. The book is well written with an interspersing of human stories, scientific description, and Becker?s own ...

  • Ken Dilella
    May 04, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

    59th book for 2018. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. With no math (!) Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. The history itself is...

    Solid debate on the rise and fall of the Copenhagen interpretation and rise of its competitors like Bohmian mechanics, Many Worlds. Covers Einstein's qualms of around the probabilities and the EPR thought experiment which was meant to show that QM couldn't be the whole picture because ...

    Here's a brief excerpt of my review of "What is Real?" for Nature magazine, which was just published today. Please check out the full review here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d4158... All hell broke loose in physics some 90 years ago. Quantum theory emerged ? partly in heate...

    QM is undeniably non-intuitive and weird, but the Copenhagen Interpretation(s) are far more weird than necessary, and have been used to sell a lot of quack-pot ideas. There are other interpretations, which are still weird, but much less so. The other interpretations don't require crazy...

    Quantum mechanics is one of the most solid, well-tested parts of physics. Everybody (at least, everybody relevant to this book) agrees how to use quantum mechanics to do things like predict the behavior of semiconductors and molecular bonds. But not everybody agrees on what the theory ...

    I first heard about this book when the author, Adam Becker, was first on Cara Santa Maria's "Talk Nerdy" podcast, and he had such a cool personality and a sound worldview that I knew I was gonna have to pick this book up. I was not disappointed. This is the popsci book I've been wai...

    An excellent book that does not answer the title question?but is mostly convincing that the question is worth asking and that we can make scientific progress in addressing it. The book is well written with an interspersing of human stories, scientific description, and Becker?s own ...

    One of the grand narratives of the 20th century is the history of physics ? the elucidation of relativity by Einstein and the subsequent development of quantum physics by Bohr, Heisenberg, Schroedinger et al. Richard Rhodes provides a superlative account in The Making of the Atomic B...

    My mind has never been messed up so amazingly. A very inspiring book. ...

    A book for anyone interested in the intersection between physics, philosophy, and history. You don't have to study quantum mechanics to understand this book, but after reading it, you will surely want to. ...

    This book is so redundant. Could relate all the details in half the pages if things were not repeated so many times. ...

    History of some of the confusions, questions, and controversies surrounding quantum mechanics, unfortunately without clear answers because there aren?t any?except that the long and generally accepted Copenhagen interpretation is wrong and has held things back from its outset. When ...

    Take my review from a computer/environmental engineer's perspective, not a physicist's. I thought this book was excellent. I've read a few other books on QM that really focused on the math (Leonard Susskind's was great for this). However, while understanding the math is important for a...

    Copenhagen, many-worlds, pilot waves, spontaneous collapse, non-localism, hidden variables, falsifiability, logical positivism, Bell's Theorem, the EPR paper, cosmological constant,...These ideas and the people behind them make up Adam Becker's wonderful account of quantum physics. Lik...

    Great overview of the core debates around quantum mechanics. About 20 years ago, I was very interested in this topic and read several books, so a lot of the history Becker recounts was familiar (though a good refresher). But this was the best explication of the core debates about what ...

    too early to review but a lot of history. A different view of the history of quantum mechanics but none the less still history. I should add it's the build up of the Copenhagen interpretation leading to Einsteins famous quote "God does not play dice". added a star. first half was sa...

  • Jeff Fawcett
    May 06, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

    59th book for 2018. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. With no math (!) Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. The history itself is...

    Solid debate on the rise and fall of the Copenhagen interpretation and rise of its competitors like Bohmian mechanics, Many Worlds. Covers Einstein's qualms of around the probabilities and the EPR thought experiment which was meant to show that QM couldn't be the whole picture because ...

    Here's a brief excerpt of my review of "What is Real?" for Nature magazine, which was just published today. Please check out the full review here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d4158... All hell broke loose in physics some 90 years ago. Quantum theory emerged ? partly in heate...

    QM is undeniably non-intuitive and weird, but the Copenhagen Interpretation(s) are far more weird than necessary, and have been used to sell a lot of quack-pot ideas. There are other interpretations, which are still weird, but much less so. The other interpretations don't require crazy...

    Quantum mechanics is one of the most solid, well-tested parts of physics. Everybody (at least, everybody relevant to this book) agrees how to use quantum mechanics to do things like predict the behavior of semiconductors and molecular bonds. But not everybody agrees on what the theory ...

    I first heard about this book when the author, Adam Becker, was first on Cara Santa Maria's "Talk Nerdy" podcast, and he had such a cool personality and a sound worldview that I knew I was gonna have to pick this book up. I was not disappointed. This is the popsci book I've been wai...

    An excellent book that does not answer the title question?but is mostly convincing that the question is worth asking and that we can make scientific progress in addressing it. The book is well written with an interspersing of human stories, scientific description, and Becker?s own ...

    One of the grand narratives of the 20th century is the history of physics ? the elucidation of relativity by Einstein and the subsequent development of quantum physics by Bohr, Heisenberg, Schroedinger et al. Richard Rhodes provides a superlative account in The Making of the Atomic B...

    My mind has never been messed up so amazingly. A very inspiring book. ...

    A book for anyone interested in the intersection between physics, philosophy, and history. You don't have to study quantum mechanics to understand this book, but after reading it, you will surely want to. ...

    This book is so redundant. Could relate all the details in half the pages if things were not repeated so many times. ...

    History of some of the confusions, questions, and controversies surrounding quantum mechanics, unfortunately without clear answers because there aren?t any?except that the long and generally accepted Copenhagen interpretation is wrong and has held things back from its outset. When ...

    Take my review from a computer/environmental engineer's perspective, not a physicist's. I thought this book was excellent. I've read a few other books on QM that really focused on the math (Leonard Susskind's was great for this). However, while understanding the math is important for a...

    Copenhagen, many-worlds, pilot waves, spontaneous collapse, non-localism, hidden variables, falsifiability, logical positivism, Bell's Theorem, the EPR paper, cosmological constant,...These ideas and the people behind them make up Adam Becker's wonderful account of quantum physics. Lik...

    Great overview of the core debates around quantum mechanics. About 20 years ago, I was very interested in this topic and read several books, so a lot of the history Becker recounts was familiar (though a good refresher). But this was the best explication of the core debates about what ...

    too early to review but a lot of history. A different view of the history of quantum mechanics but none the less still history. I should add it's the build up of the Copenhagen interpretation leading to Einsteins famous quote "God does not play dice". added a star. first half was sa...

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  • Stefan Poth
    May 22, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

    59th book for 2018. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. With no math (!) Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. The history itself is...

    Solid debate on the rise and fall of the Copenhagen interpretation and rise of its competitors like Bohmian mechanics, Many Worlds. Covers Einstein's qualms of around the probabilities and the EPR thought experiment which was meant to show that QM couldn't be the whole picture because ...

    Here's a brief excerpt of my review of "What is Real?" for Nature magazine, which was just published today. Please check out the full review here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d4158... All hell broke loose in physics some 90 years ago. Quantum theory emerged ? partly in heate...

    QM is undeniably non-intuitive and weird, but the Copenhagen Interpretation(s) are far more weird than necessary, and have been used to sell a lot of quack-pot ideas. There are other interpretations, which are still weird, but much less so. The other interpretations don't require crazy...

    Quantum mechanics is one of the most solid, well-tested parts of physics. Everybody (at least, everybody relevant to this book) agrees how to use quantum mechanics to do things like predict the behavior of semiconductors and molecular bonds. But not everybody agrees on what the theory ...

    I first heard about this book when the author, Adam Becker, was first on Cara Santa Maria's "Talk Nerdy" podcast, and he had such a cool personality and a sound worldview that I knew I was gonna have to pick this book up. I was not disappointed. This is the popsci book I've been wai...

    An excellent book that does not answer the title question?but is mostly convincing that the question is worth asking and that we can make scientific progress in addressing it. The book is well written with an interspersing of human stories, scientific description, and Becker?s own ...

    One of the grand narratives of the 20th century is the history of physics ? the elucidation of relativity by Einstein and the subsequent development of quantum physics by Bohr, Heisenberg, Schroedinger et al. Richard Rhodes provides a superlative account in The Making of the Atomic B...

    My mind has never been messed up so amazingly. A very inspiring book. ...

    A book for anyone interested in the intersection between physics, philosophy, and history. You don't have to study quantum mechanics to understand this book, but after reading it, you will surely want to. ...

    This book is so redundant. Could relate all the details in half the pages if things were not repeated so many times. ...

  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Apr 03, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

    59th book for 2018. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. With no math (!) Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. The history itself is...

    Solid debate on the rise and fall of the Copenhagen interpretation and rise of its competitors like Bohmian mechanics, Many Worlds. Covers Einstein's qualms of around the probabilities and the EPR thought experiment which was meant to show that QM couldn't be the whole picture because ...

  • Pierre
    Jun 03, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

    59th book for 2018. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. With no math (!) Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. The history itself is...

    Solid debate on the rise and fall of the Copenhagen interpretation and rise of its competitors like Bohmian mechanics, Many Worlds. Covers Einstein's qualms of around the probabilities and the EPR thought experiment which was meant to show that QM couldn't be the whole picture because ...

    Here's a brief excerpt of my review of "What is Real?" for Nature magazine, which was just published today. Please check out the full review here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d4158... All hell broke loose in physics some 90 years ago. Quantum theory emerged ? partly in heate...

    QM is undeniably non-intuitive and weird, but the Copenhagen Interpretation(s) are far more weird than necessary, and have been used to sell a lot of quack-pot ideas. There are other interpretations, which are still weird, but much less so. The other interpretations don't require crazy...

    Quantum mechanics is one of the most solid, well-tested parts of physics. Everybody (at least, everybody relevant to this book) agrees how to use quantum mechanics to do things like predict the behavior of semiconductors and molecular bonds. But not everybody agrees on what the theory ...

    I first heard about this book when the author, Adam Becker, was first on Cara Santa Maria's "Talk Nerdy" podcast, and he had such a cool personality and a sound worldview that I knew I was gonna have to pick this book up. I was not disappointed. This is the popsci book I've been wai...

    An excellent book that does not answer the title question?but is mostly convincing that the question is worth asking and that we can make scientific progress in addressing it. The book is well written with an interspersing of human stories, scientific description, and Becker?s own ...

    One of the grand narratives of the 20th century is the history of physics ? the elucidation of relativity by Einstein and the subsequent development of quantum physics by Bohr, Heisenberg, Schroedinger et al. Richard Rhodes provides a superlative account in The Making of the Atomic B...

    My mind has never been messed up so amazingly. A very inspiring book. ...

    A book for anyone interested in the intersection between physics, philosophy, and history. You don't have to study quantum mechanics to understand this book, but after reading it, you will surely want to. ...

    This book is so redundant. Could relate all the details in half the pages if things were not repeated so many times. ...

    History of some of the confusions, questions, and controversies surrounding quantum mechanics, unfortunately without clear answers because there aren?t any?except that the long and generally accepted Copenhagen interpretation is wrong and has held things back from its outset. When ...

    Take my review from a computer/environmental engineer's perspective, not a physicist's. I thought this book was excellent. I've read a few other books on QM that really focused on the math (Leonard Susskind's was great for this). However, while understanding the math is important for a...

    Copenhagen, many-worlds, pilot waves, spontaneous collapse, non-localism, hidden variables, falsifiability, logical positivism, Bell's Theorem, the EPR paper, cosmological constant,...These ideas and the people behind them make up Adam Becker's wonderful account of quantum physics. Lik...

    Great overview of the core debates around quantum mechanics. About 20 years ago, I was very interested in this topic and read several books, so a lot of the history Becker recounts was familiar (though a good refresher). But this was the best explication of the core debates about what ...

    too early to review but a lot of history. A different view of the history of quantum mechanics but none the less still history. I should add it's the build up of the Copenhagen interpretation leading to Einsteins famous quote "God does not play dice". added a star. first half was sa...

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  • Radiantflux
    Jun 06, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

    59th book for 2018. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. With no math (!) Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. The history itself is...

  • Jaromir Savelka
    Apr 04, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

    59th book for 2018. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. With no math (!) Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. The history itself is...

    Solid debate on the rise and fall of the Copenhagen interpretation and rise of its competitors like Bohmian mechanics, Many Worlds. Covers Einstein's qualms of around the probabilities and the EPR thought experiment which was meant to show that QM couldn't be the whole picture because ...

    Here's a brief excerpt of my review of "What is Real?" for Nature magazine, which was just published today. Please check out the full review here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d4158... All hell broke loose in physics some 90 years ago. Quantum theory emerged ? partly in heate...

    QM is undeniably non-intuitive and weird, but the Copenhagen Interpretation(s) are far more weird than necessary, and have been used to sell a lot of quack-pot ideas. There are other interpretations, which are still weird, but much less so. The other interpretations don't require crazy...

    Quantum mechanics is one of the most solid, well-tested parts of physics. Everybody (at least, everybody relevant to this book) agrees how to use quantum mechanics to do things like predict the behavior of semiconductors and molecular bonds. But not everybody agrees on what the theory ...

    I first heard about this book when the author, Adam Becker, was first on Cara Santa Maria's "Talk Nerdy" podcast, and he had such a cool personality and a sound worldview that I knew I was gonna have to pick this book up. I was not disappointed. This is the popsci book I've been wai...

    An excellent book that does not answer the title question?but is mostly convincing that the question is worth asking and that we can make scientific progress in addressing it. The book is well written with an interspersing of human stories, scientific description, and Becker?s own ...

    One of the grand narratives of the 20th century is the history of physics ? the elucidation of relativity by Einstein and the subsequent development of quantum physics by Bohr, Heisenberg, Schroedinger et al. Richard Rhodes provides a superlative account in The Making of the Atomic B...

    My mind has never been messed up so amazingly. A very inspiring book. ...

    A book for anyone interested in the intersection between physics, philosophy, and history. You don't have to study quantum mechanics to understand this book, but after reading it, you will surely want to. ...

    This book is so redundant. Could relate all the details in half the pages if things were not repeated so many times. ...

    History of some of the confusions, questions, and controversies surrounding quantum mechanics, unfortunately without clear answers because there aren?t any?except that the long and generally accepted Copenhagen interpretation is wrong and has held things back from its outset. When ...

    Take my review from a computer/environmental engineer's perspective, not a physicist's. I thought this book was excellent. I've read a few other books on QM that really focused on the math (Leonard Susskind's was great for this). However, while understanding the math is important for a...

    Copenhagen, many-worlds, pilot waves, spontaneous collapse, non-localism, hidden variables, falsifiability, logical positivism, Bell's Theorem, the EPR paper, cosmological constant,...These ideas and the people behind them make up Adam Becker's wonderful account of quantum physics. Lik...

    Great overview of the core debates around quantum mechanics. About 20 years ago, I was very interested in this topic and read several books, so a lot of the history Becker recounts was familiar (though a good refresher). But this was the best explication of the core debates about what ...

    too early to review but a lot of history. A different view of the history of quantum mechanics but none the less still history. I should add it's the build up of the Copenhagen interpretation leading to Einsteins famous quote "God does not play dice". added a star. first half was sa...

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  • Manuel Antão
    May 27, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

  • William M. Evans
    May 12, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

    59th book for 2018. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. With no math (!) Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. The history itself is...

    Solid debate on the rise and fall of the Copenhagen interpretation and rise of its competitors like Bohmian mechanics, Many Worlds. Covers Einstein's qualms of around the probabilities and the EPR thought experiment which was meant to show that QM couldn't be the whole picture because ...

    Here's a brief excerpt of my review of "What is Real?" for Nature magazine, which was just published today. Please check out the full review here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d4158... All hell broke loose in physics some 90 years ago. Quantum theory emerged ? partly in heate...

    QM is undeniably non-intuitive and weird, but the Copenhagen Interpretation(s) are far more weird than necessary, and have been used to sell a lot of quack-pot ideas. There are other interpretations, which are still weird, but much less so. The other interpretations don't require crazy...

    Quantum mechanics is one of the most solid, well-tested parts of physics. Everybody (at least, everybody relevant to this book) agrees how to use quantum mechanics to do things like predict the behavior of semiconductors and molecular bonds. But not everybody agrees on what the theory ...

    I first heard about this book when the author, Adam Becker, was first on Cara Santa Maria's "Talk Nerdy" podcast, and he had such a cool personality and a sound worldview that I knew I was gonna have to pick this book up. I was not disappointed. This is the popsci book I've been wai...

    An excellent book that does not answer the title question?but is mostly convincing that the question is worth asking and that we can make scientific progress in addressing it. The book is well written with an interspersing of human stories, scientific description, and Becker?s own ...

    One of the grand narratives of the 20th century is the history of physics ? the elucidation of relativity by Einstein and the subsequent development of quantum physics by Bohr, Heisenberg, Schroedinger et al. Richard Rhodes provides a superlative account in The Making of the Atomic B...

    My mind has never been messed up so amazingly. A very inspiring book. ...

    A book for anyone interested in the intersection between physics, philosophy, and history. You don't have to study quantum mechanics to understand this book, but after reading it, you will surely want to. ...

    This book is so redundant. Could relate all the details in half the pages if things were not repeated so many times. ...

    History of some of the confusions, questions, and controversies surrounding quantum mechanics, unfortunately without clear answers because there aren?t any?except that the long and generally accepted Copenhagen interpretation is wrong and has held things back from its outset. When ...

    Take my review from a computer/environmental engineer's perspective, not a physicist's. I thought this book was excellent. I've read a few other books on QM that really focused on the math (Leonard Susskind's was great for this). However, while understanding the math is important for a...

    Copenhagen, many-worlds, pilot waves, spontaneous collapse, non-localism, hidden variables, falsifiability, logical positivism, Bell's Theorem, the EPR paper, cosmological constant,...These ideas and the people behind them make up Adam Becker's wonderful account of quantum physics. Lik...

    Great overview of the core debates around quantum mechanics. About 20 years ago, I was very interested in this topic and read several books, so a lot of the history Becker recounts was familiar (though a good refresher). But this was the best explication of the core debates about what ...

    too early to review but a lot of history. A different view of the history of quantum mechanics but none the less still history. I should add it's the build up of the Copenhagen interpretation leading to Einsteins famous quote "God does not play dice". added a star. first half was sa...

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  • Philip Lillies
    Mar 28, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

    59th book for 2018. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. With no math (!) Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. The history itself is...

    Solid debate on the rise and fall of the Copenhagen interpretation and rise of its competitors like Bohmian mechanics, Many Worlds. Covers Einstein's qualms of around the probabilities and the EPR thought experiment which was meant to show that QM couldn't be the whole picture because ...

    Here's a brief excerpt of my review of "What is Real?" for Nature magazine, which was just published today. Please check out the full review here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d4158... All hell broke loose in physics some 90 years ago. Quantum theory emerged ? partly in heate...

    QM is undeniably non-intuitive and weird, but the Copenhagen Interpretation(s) are far more weird than necessary, and have been used to sell a lot of quack-pot ideas. There are other interpretations, which are still weird, but much less so. The other interpretations don't require crazy...

    Quantum mechanics is one of the most solid, well-tested parts of physics. Everybody (at least, everybody relevant to this book) agrees how to use quantum mechanics to do things like predict the behavior of semiconductors and molecular bonds. But not everybody agrees on what the theory ...

    I first heard about this book when the author, Adam Becker, was first on Cara Santa Maria's "Talk Nerdy" podcast, and he had such a cool personality and a sound worldview that I knew I was gonna have to pick this book up. I was not disappointed. This is the popsci book I've been wai...

    An excellent book that does not answer the title question?but is mostly convincing that the question is worth asking and that we can make scientific progress in addressing it. The book is well written with an interspersing of human stories, scientific description, and Becker?s own ...

    One of the grand narratives of the 20th century is the history of physics ? the elucidation of relativity by Einstein and the subsequent development of quantum physics by Bohr, Heisenberg, Schroedinger et al. Richard Rhodes provides a superlative account in The Making of the Atomic B...

    My mind has never been messed up so amazingly. A very inspiring book. ...

    A book for anyone interested in the intersection between physics, philosophy, and history. You don't have to study quantum mechanics to understand this book, but after reading it, you will surely want to. ...

    This book is so redundant. Could relate all the details in half the pages if things were not repeated so many times. ...

    History of some of the confusions, questions, and controversies surrounding quantum mechanics, unfortunately without clear answers because there aren?t any?except that the long and generally accepted Copenhagen interpretation is wrong and has held things back from its outset. When ...

    Take my review from a computer/environmental engineer's perspective, not a physicist's. I thought this book was excellent. I've read a few other books on QM that really focused on the math (Leonard Susskind's was great for this). However, while understanding the math is important for a...

    Copenhagen, many-worlds, pilot waves, spontaneous collapse, non-localism, hidden variables, falsifiability, logical positivism, Bell's Theorem, the EPR paper, cosmological constant,...These ideas and the people behind them make up Adam Becker's wonderful account of quantum physics. Lik...

    Great overview of the core debates around quantum mechanics. About 20 years ago, I was very interested in this topic and read several books, so a lot of the history Becker recounts was familiar (though a good refresher). But this was the best explication of the core debates about what ...

    too early to review but a lot of history. A different view of the history of quantum mechanics but none the less still history. I should add it's the build up of the Copenhagen interpretation leading to Einsteins famous quote "God does not play dice". added a star. first half was sa...

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  • Y
    May 22, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

    59th book for 2018. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. With no math (!) Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. The history itself is...

    Solid debate on the rise and fall of the Copenhagen interpretation and rise of its competitors like Bohmian mechanics, Many Worlds. Covers Einstein's qualms of around the probabilities and the EPR thought experiment which was meant to show that QM couldn't be the whole picture because ...

    Here's a brief excerpt of my review of "What is Real?" for Nature magazine, which was just published today. Please check out the full review here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d4158... All hell broke loose in physics some 90 years ago. Quantum theory emerged ? partly in heate...

    QM is undeniably non-intuitive and weird, but the Copenhagen Interpretation(s) are far more weird than necessary, and have been used to sell a lot of quack-pot ideas. There are other interpretations, which are still weird, but much less so. The other interpretations don't require crazy...

    Quantum mechanics is one of the most solid, well-tested parts of physics. Everybody (at least, everybody relevant to this book) agrees how to use quantum mechanics to do things like predict the behavior of semiconductors and molecular bonds. But not everybody agrees on what the theory ...

    I first heard about this book when the author, Adam Becker, was first on Cara Santa Maria's "Talk Nerdy" podcast, and he had such a cool personality and a sound worldview that I knew I was gonna have to pick this book up. I was not disappointed. This is the popsci book I've been wai...

    An excellent book that does not answer the title question?but is mostly convincing that the question is worth asking and that we can make scientific progress in addressing it. The book is well written with an interspersing of human stories, scientific description, and Becker?s own ...

    One of the grand narratives of the 20th century is the history of physics ? the elucidation of relativity by Einstein and the subsequent development of quantum physics by Bohr, Heisenberg, Schroedinger et al. Richard Rhodes provides a superlative account in The Making of the Atomic B...

    My mind has never been messed up so amazingly. A very inspiring book. ...

    A book for anyone interested in the intersection between physics, philosophy, and history. You don't have to study quantum mechanics to understand this book, but after reading it, you will surely want to. ...

    This book is so redundant. Could relate all the details in half the pages if things were not repeated so many times. ...

    History of some of the confusions, questions, and controversies surrounding quantum mechanics, unfortunately without clear answers because there aren?t any?except that the long and generally accepted Copenhagen interpretation is wrong and has held things back from its outset. When ...

    Take my review from a computer/environmental engineer's perspective, not a physicist's. I thought this book was excellent. I've read a few other books on QM that really focused on the math (Leonard Susskind's was great for this). However, while understanding the math is important for a...

    Copenhagen, many-worlds, pilot waves, spontaneous collapse, non-localism, hidden variables, falsifiability, logical positivism, Bell's Theorem, the EPR paper, cosmological constant,...These ideas and the people behind them make up Adam Becker's wonderful account of quantum physics. Lik...

    Great overview of the core debates around quantum mechanics. About 20 years ago, I was very interested in this topic and read several books, so a lot of the history Becker recounts was familiar (though a good refresher). But this was the best explication of the core debates about what ...

    too early to review but a lot of history. A different view of the history of quantum mechanics but none the less still history. I should add it's the build up of the Copenhagen interpretation leading to Einsteins famous quote "God does not play dice". added a star. first half was sa...

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  • dale brooks
    May 16, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

    59th book for 2018. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. With no math (!) Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. The history itself is...

    Solid debate on the rise and fall of the Copenhagen interpretation and rise of its competitors like Bohmian mechanics, Many Worlds. Covers Einstein's qualms of around the probabilities and the EPR thought experiment which was meant to show that QM couldn't be the whole picture because ...

    Here's a brief excerpt of my review of "What is Real?" for Nature magazine, which was just published today. Please check out the full review here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d4158... All hell broke loose in physics some 90 years ago. Quantum theory emerged ? partly in heate...

    QM is undeniably non-intuitive and weird, but the Copenhagen Interpretation(s) are far more weird than necessary, and have been used to sell a lot of quack-pot ideas. There are other interpretations, which are still weird, but much less so. The other interpretations don't require crazy...

    Quantum mechanics is one of the most solid, well-tested parts of physics. Everybody (at least, everybody relevant to this book) agrees how to use quantum mechanics to do things like predict the behavior of semiconductors and molecular bonds. But not everybody agrees on what the theory ...

    I first heard about this book when the author, Adam Becker, was first on Cara Santa Maria's "Talk Nerdy" podcast, and he had such a cool personality and a sound worldview that I knew I was gonna have to pick this book up. I was not disappointed. This is the popsci book I've been wai...

    An excellent book that does not answer the title question?but is mostly convincing that the question is worth asking and that we can make scientific progress in addressing it. The book is well written with an interspersing of human stories, scientific description, and Becker?s own ...

    One of the grand narratives of the 20th century is the history of physics ? the elucidation of relativity by Einstein and the subsequent development of quantum physics by Bohr, Heisenberg, Schroedinger et al. Richard Rhodes provides a superlative account in The Making of the Atomic B...

    My mind has never been messed up so amazingly. A very inspiring book. ...

    A book for anyone interested in the intersection between physics, philosophy, and history. You don't have to study quantum mechanics to understand this book, but after reading it, you will surely want to. ...

    This book is so redundant. Could relate all the details in half the pages if things were not repeated so many times. ...

    History of some of the confusions, questions, and controversies surrounding quantum mechanics, unfortunately without clear answers because there aren?t any?except that the long and generally accepted Copenhagen interpretation is wrong and has held things back from its outset. When ...

    Take my review from a computer/environmental engineer's perspective, not a physicist's. I thought this book was excellent. I've read a few other books on QM that really focused on the math (Leonard Susskind's was great for this). However, while understanding the math is important for a...

    Copenhagen, many-worlds, pilot waves, spontaneous collapse, non-localism, hidden variables, falsifiability, logical positivism, Bell's Theorem, the EPR paper, cosmological constant,...These ideas and the people behind them make up Adam Becker's wonderful account of quantum physics. Lik...

    Great overview of the core debates around quantum mechanics. About 20 years ago, I was very interested in this topic and read several books, so a lot of the history Becker recounts was familiar (though a good refresher). But this was the best explication of the core debates about what ...

    too early to review but a lot of history. A different view of the history of quantum mechanics but none the less still history. I should add it's the build up of the Copenhagen interpretation leading to Einsteins famous quote "God does not play dice". added a star. first half was sa...

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  • Steve Urciuoli
    Apr 07, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

    59th book for 2018. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. With no math (!) Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. The history itself is...

    Solid debate on the rise and fall of the Copenhagen interpretation and rise of its competitors like Bohmian mechanics, Many Worlds. Covers Einstein's qualms of around the probabilities and the EPR thought experiment which was meant to show that QM couldn't be the whole picture because ...

    Here's a brief excerpt of my review of "What is Real?" for Nature magazine, which was just published today. Please check out the full review here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d4158... All hell broke loose in physics some 90 years ago. Quantum theory emerged ? partly in heate...

    QM is undeniably non-intuitive and weird, but the Copenhagen Interpretation(s) are far more weird than necessary, and have been used to sell a lot of quack-pot ideas. There are other interpretations, which are still weird, but much less so. The other interpretations don't require crazy...

    Quantum mechanics is one of the most solid, well-tested parts of physics. Everybody (at least, everybody relevant to this book) agrees how to use quantum mechanics to do things like predict the behavior of semiconductors and molecular bonds. But not everybody agrees on what the theory ...

    I first heard about this book when the author, Adam Becker, was first on Cara Santa Maria's "Talk Nerdy" podcast, and he had such a cool personality and a sound worldview that I knew I was gonna have to pick this book up. I was not disappointed. This is the popsci book I've been wai...

    An excellent book that does not answer the title question?but is mostly convincing that the question is worth asking and that we can make scientific progress in addressing it. The book is well written with an interspersing of human stories, scientific description, and Becker?s own ...

    One of the grand narratives of the 20th century is the history of physics ? the elucidation of relativity by Einstein and the subsequent development of quantum physics by Bohr, Heisenberg, Schroedinger et al. Richard Rhodes provides a superlative account in The Making of the Atomic B...

    My mind has never been messed up so amazingly. A very inspiring book. ...

    A book for anyone interested in the intersection between physics, philosophy, and history. You don't have to study quantum mechanics to understand this book, but after reading it, you will surely want to. ...

    This book is so redundant. Could relate all the details in half the pages if things were not repeated so many times. ...

    History of some of the confusions, questions, and controversies surrounding quantum mechanics, unfortunately without clear answers because there aren?t any?except that the long and generally accepted Copenhagen interpretation is wrong and has held things back from its outset. When ...

    Take my review from a computer/environmental engineer's perspective, not a physicist's. I thought this book was excellent. I've read a few other books on QM that really focused on the math (Leonard Susskind's was great for this). However, while understanding the math is important for a...

    Copenhagen, many-worlds, pilot waves, spontaneous collapse, non-localism, hidden variables, falsifiability, logical positivism, Bell's Theorem, the EPR paper, cosmological constant,...These ideas and the people behind them make up Adam Becker's wonderful account of quantum physics. Lik...

    Great overview of the core debates around quantum mechanics. About 20 years ago, I was very interested in this topic and read several books, so a lot of the history Becker recounts was familiar (though a good refresher). But this was the best explication of the core debates about what ...

    too early to review but a lot of history. A different view of the history of quantum mechanics but none the less still history. I should add it's the build up of the Copenhagen interpretation leading to Einsteins famous quote "God does not play dice". added a star. first half was sa...

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  • Harril Saunders
    May 25, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

    59th book for 2018. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. With no math (!) Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. The history itself is...

    Solid debate on the rise and fall of the Copenhagen interpretation and rise of its competitors like Bohmian mechanics, Many Worlds. Covers Einstein's qualms of around the probabilities and the EPR thought experiment which was meant to show that QM couldn't be the whole picture because ...

    Here's a brief excerpt of my review of "What is Real?" for Nature magazine, which was just published today. Please check out the full review here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d4158... All hell broke loose in physics some 90 years ago. Quantum theory emerged ? partly in heate...

    QM is undeniably non-intuitive and weird, but the Copenhagen Interpretation(s) are far more weird than necessary, and have been used to sell a lot of quack-pot ideas. There are other interpretations, which are still weird, but much less so. The other interpretations don't require crazy...

    Quantum mechanics is one of the most solid, well-tested parts of physics. Everybody (at least, everybody relevant to this book) agrees how to use quantum mechanics to do things like predict the behavior of semiconductors and molecular bonds. But not everybody agrees on what the theory ...

    I first heard about this book when the author, Adam Becker, was first on Cara Santa Maria's "Talk Nerdy" podcast, and he had such a cool personality and a sound worldview that I knew I was gonna have to pick this book up. I was not disappointed. This is the popsci book I've been wai...

    An excellent book that does not answer the title question?but is mostly convincing that the question is worth asking and that we can make scientific progress in addressing it. The book is well written with an interspersing of human stories, scientific description, and Becker?s own ...

    One of the grand narratives of the 20th century is the history of physics ? the elucidation of relativity by Einstein and the subsequent development of quantum physics by Bohr, Heisenberg, Schroedinger et al. Richard Rhodes provides a superlative account in The Making of the Atomic B...

    My mind has never been messed up so amazingly. A very inspiring book. ...

    A book for anyone interested in the intersection between physics, philosophy, and history. You don't have to study quantum mechanics to understand this book, but after reading it, you will surely want to. ...

  • Judy
    May 11, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

    59th book for 2018. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. With no math (!) Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. The history itself is...

    Solid debate on the rise and fall of the Copenhagen interpretation and rise of its competitors like Bohmian mechanics, Many Worlds. Covers Einstein's qualms of around the probabilities and the EPR thought experiment which was meant to show that QM couldn't be the whole picture because ...

    Here's a brief excerpt of my review of "What is Real?" for Nature magazine, which was just published today. Please check out the full review here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d4158... All hell broke loose in physics some 90 years ago. Quantum theory emerged ? partly in heate...

    QM is undeniably non-intuitive and weird, but the Copenhagen Interpretation(s) are far more weird than necessary, and have been used to sell a lot of quack-pot ideas. There are other interpretations, which are still weird, but much less so. The other interpretations don't require crazy...

    Quantum mechanics is one of the most solid, well-tested parts of physics. Everybody (at least, everybody relevant to this book) agrees how to use quantum mechanics to do things like predict the behavior of semiconductors and molecular bonds. But not everybody agrees on what the theory ...

    I first heard about this book when the author, Adam Becker, was first on Cara Santa Maria's "Talk Nerdy" podcast, and he had such a cool personality and a sound worldview that I knew I was gonna have to pick this book up. I was not disappointed. This is the popsci book I've been wai...

    An excellent book that does not answer the title question?but is mostly convincing that the question is worth asking and that we can make scientific progress in addressing it. The book is well written with an interspersing of human stories, scientific description, and Becker?s own ...

    One of the grand narratives of the 20th century is the history of physics ? the elucidation of relativity by Einstein and the subsequent development of quantum physics by Bohr, Heisenberg, Schroedinger et al. Richard Rhodes provides a superlative account in The Making of the Atomic B...

    My mind has never been messed up so amazingly. A very inspiring book. ...

    A book for anyone interested in the intersection between physics, philosophy, and history. You don't have to study quantum mechanics to understand this book, but after reading it, you will surely want to. ...

    This book is so redundant. Could relate all the details in half the pages if things were not repeated so many times. ...

    History of some of the confusions, questions, and controversies surrounding quantum mechanics, unfortunately without clear answers because there aren?t any?except that the long and generally accepted Copenhagen interpretation is wrong and has held things back from its outset. When ...

    Take my review from a computer/environmental engineer's perspective, not a physicist's. I thought this book was excellent. I've read a few other books on QM that really focused on the math (Leonard Susskind's was great for this). However, while understanding the math is important for a...

    Copenhagen, many-worlds, pilot waves, spontaneous collapse, non-localism, hidden variables, falsifiability, logical positivism, Bell's Theorem, the EPR paper, cosmological constant,...These ideas and the people behind them make up Adam Becker's wonderful account of quantum physics. Lik...

    Great overview of the core debates around quantum mechanics. About 20 years ago, I was very interested in this topic and read several books, so a lot of the history Becker recounts was familiar (though a good refresher). But this was the best explication of the core debates about what ...

    too early to review but a lot of history. A different view of the history of quantum mechanics but none the less still history. I should add it's the build up of the Copenhagen interpretation leading to Einsteins famous quote "God does not play dice". added a star. first half was sa...

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  • Ilya
    May 28, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

    59th book for 2018. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. With no math (!) Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. The history itself is...

    Solid debate on the rise and fall of the Copenhagen interpretation and rise of its competitors like Bohmian mechanics, Many Worlds. Covers Einstein's qualms of around the probabilities and the EPR thought experiment which was meant to show that QM couldn't be the whole picture because ...

    Here's a brief excerpt of my review of "What is Real?" for Nature magazine, which was just published today. Please check out the full review here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d4158... All hell broke loose in physics some 90 years ago. Quantum theory emerged ? partly in heate...

    QM is undeniably non-intuitive and weird, but the Copenhagen Interpretation(s) are far more weird than necessary, and have been used to sell a lot of quack-pot ideas. There are other interpretations, which are still weird, but much less so. The other interpretations don't require crazy...

    Quantum mechanics is one of the most solid, well-tested parts of physics. Everybody (at least, everybody relevant to this book) agrees how to use quantum mechanics to do things like predict the behavior of semiconductors and molecular bonds. But not everybody agrees on what the theory ...

    I first heard about this book when the author, Adam Becker, was first on Cara Santa Maria's "Talk Nerdy" podcast, and he had such a cool personality and a sound worldview that I knew I was gonna have to pick this book up. I was not disappointed. This is the popsci book I've been wai...

    An excellent book that does not answer the title question?but is mostly convincing that the question is worth asking and that we can make scientific progress in addressing it. The book is well written with an interspersing of human stories, scientific description, and Becker?s own ...

    One of the grand narratives of the 20th century is the history of physics ? the elucidation of relativity by Einstein and the subsequent development of quantum physics by Bohr, Heisenberg, Schroedinger et al. Richard Rhodes provides a superlative account in The Making of the Atomic B...

    My mind has never been messed up so amazingly. A very inspiring book. ...

  • Eric Hulburd
    May 28, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

    59th book for 2018. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. With no math (!) Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. The history itself is...

    Solid debate on the rise and fall of the Copenhagen interpretation and rise of its competitors like Bohmian mechanics, Many Worlds. Covers Einstein's qualms of around the probabilities and the EPR thought experiment which was meant to show that QM couldn't be the whole picture because ...

    Here's a brief excerpt of my review of "What is Real?" for Nature magazine, which was just published today. Please check out the full review here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d4158... All hell broke loose in physics some 90 years ago. Quantum theory emerged ? partly in heate...

    QM is undeniably non-intuitive and weird, but the Copenhagen Interpretation(s) are far more weird than necessary, and have been used to sell a lot of quack-pot ideas. There are other interpretations, which are still weird, but much less so. The other interpretations don't require crazy...

    Quantum mechanics is one of the most solid, well-tested parts of physics. Everybody (at least, everybody relevant to this book) agrees how to use quantum mechanics to do things like predict the behavior of semiconductors and molecular bonds. But not everybody agrees on what the theory ...

    I first heard about this book when the author, Adam Becker, was first on Cara Santa Maria's "Talk Nerdy" podcast, and he had such a cool personality and a sound worldview that I knew I was gonna have to pick this book up. I was not disappointed. This is the popsci book I've been wai...

    An excellent book that does not answer the title question?but is mostly convincing that the question is worth asking and that we can make scientific progress in addressing it. The book is well written with an interspersing of human stories, scientific description, and Becker?s own ...

    One of the grand narratives of the 20th century is the history of physics ? the elucidation of relativity by Einstein and the subsequent development of quantum physics by Bohr, Heisenberg, Schroedinger et al. Richard Rhodes provides a superlative account in The Making of the Atomic B...

    My mind has never been messed up so amazingly. A very inspiring book. ...

    A book for anyone interested in the intersection between physics, philosophy, and history. You don't have to study quantum mechanics to understand this book, but after reading it, you will surely want to. ...

    This book is so redundant. Could relate all the details in half the pages if things were not repeated so many times. ...

    History of some of the confusions, questions, and controversies surrounding quantum mechanics, unfortunately without clear answers because there aren?t any?except that the long and generally accepted Copenhagen interpretation is wrong and has held things back from its outset. When ...

    Take my review from a computer/environmental engineer's perspective, not a physicist's. I thought this book was excellent. I've read a few other books on QM that really focused on the math (Leonard Susskind's was great for this). However, while understanding the math is important for a...

  • David K
    Apr 28, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

    59th book for 2018. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. With no math (!) Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. The history itself is...

    Solid debate on the rise and fall of the Copenhagen interpretation and rise of its competitors like Bohmian mechanics, Many Worlds. Covers Einstein's qualms of around the probabilities and the EPR thought experiment which was meant to show that QM couldn't be the whole picture because ...

    Here's a brief excerpt of my review of "What is Real?" for Nature magazine, which was just published today. Please check out the full review here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d4158... All hell broke loose in physics some 90 years ago. Quantum theory emerged ? partly in heate...

    QM is undeniably non-intuitive and weird, but the Copenhagen Interpretation(s) are far more weird than necessary, and have been used to sell a lot of quack-pot ideas. There are other interpretations, which are still weird, but much less so. The other interpretations don't require crazy...

    Quantum mechanics is one of the most solid, well-tested parts of physics. Everybody (at least, everybody relevant to this book) agrees how to use quantum mechanics to do things like predict the behavior of semiconductors and molecular bonds. But not everybody agrees on what the theory ...

    I first heard about this book when the author, Adam Becker, was first on Cara Santa Maria's "Talk Nerdy" podcast, and he had such a cool personality and a sound worldview that I knew I was gonna have to pick this book up. I was not disappointed. This is the popsci book I've been wai...

    An excellent book that does not answer the title question?but is mostly convincing that the question is worth asking and that we can make scientific progress in addressing it. The book is well written with an interspersing of human stories, scientific description, and Becker?s own ...

    One of the grand narratives of the 20th century is the history of physics ? the elucidation of relativity by Einstein and the subsequent development of quantum physics by Bohr, Heisenberg, Schroedinger et al. Richard Rhodes provides a superlative account in The Making of the Atomic B...

    My mind has never been messed up so amazingly. A very inspiring book. ...

    A book for anyone interested in the intersection between physics, philosophy, and history. You don't have to study quantum mechanics to understand this book, but after reading it, you will surely want to. ...

    This book is so redundant. Could relate all the details in half the pages if things were not repeated so many times. ...

    History of some of the confusions, questions, and controversies surrounding quantum mechanics, unfortunately without clear answers because there aren?t any?except that the long and generally accepted Copenhagen interpretation is wrong and has held things back from its outset. When ...

    Take my review from a computer/environmental engineer's perspective, not a physicist's. I thought this book was excellent. I've read a few other books on QM that really focused on the math (Leonard Susskind's was great for this). However, while understanding the math is important for a...

    Copenhagen, many-worlds, pilot waves, spontaneous collapse, non-localism, hidden variables, falsifiability, logical positivism, Bell's Theorem, the EPR paper, cosmological constant,...These ideas and the people behind them make up Adam Becker's wonderful account of quantum physics. Lik...

    Great overview of the core debates around quantum mechanics. About 20 years ago, I was very interested in this topic and read several books, so a lot of the history Becker recounts was familiar (though a good refresher). But this was the best explication of the core debates about what ...

    too early to review but a lot of history. A different view of the history of quantum mechanics but none the less still history. I should add it's the build up of the Copenhagen interpretation leading to Einsteins famous quote "God does not play dice". added a star. first half was sa...

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  • Kolbe
    May 15, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

    59th book for 2018. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. With no math (!) Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. The history itself is...

    Solid debate on the rise and fall of the Copenhagen interpretation and rise of its competitors like Bohmian mechanics, Many Worlds. Covers Einstein's qualms of around the probabilities and the EPR thought experiment which was meant to show that QM couldn't be the whole picture because ...

    Here's a brief excerpt of my review of "What is Real?" for Nature magazine, which was just published today. Please check out the full review here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d4158... All hell broke loose in physics some 90 years ago. Quantum theory emerged ? partly in heate...

    QM is undeniably non-intuitive and weird, but the Copenhagen Interpretation(s) are far more weird than necessary, and have been used to sell a lot of quack-pot ideas. There are other interpretations, which are still weird, but much less so. The other interpretations don't require crazy...

    Quantum mechanics is one of the most solid, well-tested parts of physics. Everybody (at least, everybody relevant to this book) agrees how to use quantum mechanics to do things like predict the behavior of semiconductors and molecular bonds. But not everybody agrees on what the theory ...

    I first heard about this book when the author, Adam Becker, was first on Cara Santa Maria's "Talk Nerdy" podcast, and he had such a cool personality and a sound worldview that I knew I was gonna have to pick this book up. I was not disappointed. This is the popsci book I've been wai...

    An excellent book that does not answer the title question?but is mostly convincing that the question is worth asking and that we can make scientific progress in addressing it. The book is well written with an interspersing of human stories, scientific description, and Becker?s own ...

    One of the grand narratives of the 20th century is the history of physics ? the elucidation of relativity by Einstein and the subsequent development of quantum physics by Bohr, Heisenberg, Schroedinger et al. Richard Rhodes provides a superlative account in The Making of the Atomic B...

    My mind has never been messed up so amazingly. A very inspiring book. ...

    A book for anyone interested in the intersection between physics, philosophy, and history. You don't have to study quantum mechanics to understand this book, but after reading it, you will surely want to. ...

    This book is so redundant. Could relate all the details in half the pages if things were not repeated so many times. ...

    History of some of the confusions, questions, and controversies surrounding quantum mechanics, unfortunately without clear answers because there aren?t any?except that the long and generally accepted Copenhagen interpretation is wrong and has held things back from its outset. When ...

    Take my review from a computer/environmental engineer's perspective, not a physicist's. I thought this book was excellent. I've read a few other books on QM that really focused on the math (Leonard Susskind's was great for this). However, while understanding the math is important for a...

    Copenhagen, many-worlds, pilot waves, spontaneous collapse, non-localism, hidden variables, falsifiability, logical positivism, Bell's Theorem, the EPR paper, cosmological constant,...These ideas and the people behind them make up Adam Becker's wonderful account of quantum physics. Lik...

    Great overview of the core debates around quantum mechanics. About 20 years ago, I was very interested in this topic and read several books, so a lot of the history Becker recounts was familiar (though a good refresher). But this was the best explication of the core debates about what ...

    too early to review but a lot of history. A different view of the history of quantum mechanics but none the less still history. I should add it's the build up of the Copenhagen interpretation leading to Einsteins famous quote "God does not play dice". added a star. first half was sa...

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  • Laila  AL
    May 22, 2018

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Quantum Ontology: The Universal-Wave-Function vs. The Pilot-Schrödinger-Wave-Function vs. the Collapsing-Schrödinger-Wave-function as a Stab at Explaining Reality. The diversity of possible comments on this book ...

    59th book for 2018. A very interesting and accessible book on quantum ontology. With no math (!) Becker takes the reader effortlessly through nearly a hundred years of back-and-forth debate as what quantum mechanics implies about the universe we live in. The history itself is...

    Solid debate on the rise and fall of the Copenhagen interpretation and rise of its competitors like Bohmian mechanics, Many Worlds. Covers Einstein's qualms of around the probabilities and the EPR thought experiment which was meant to show that QM couldn't be the whole picture because ...

    Here's a brief excerpt of my review of "What is Real?" for Nature magazine, which was just published today. Please check out the full review here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d4158... All hell broke loose in physics some 90 years ago. Quantum theory emerged ? partly in heate...

    QM is undeniably non-intuitive and weird, but the Copenhagen Interpretation(s) are far more weird than necessary, and have been used to sell a lot of quack-pot ideas. There are other interpretations, which are still weird, but much less so. The other interpretations don't require crazy...

    Quantum mechanics is one of the most solid, well-tested parts of physics. Everybody (at least, everybody relevant to this book) agrees how to use quantum mechanics to do things like predict the behavior of semiconductors and molecular bonds. But not everybody agrees on what the theory ...

    I first heard about this book when the author, Adam Becker, was first on Cara Santa Maria's "Talk Nerdy" podcast, and he had such a cool personality and a sound worldview that I knew I was gonna have to pick this book up. I was not disappointed. This is the popsci book I've been wai...

    An excellent book that does not answer the title question?but is mostly convincing that the question is worth asking and that we can make scientific progress in addressing it. The book is well written with an interspersing of human stories, scientific description, and Becker?s own ...

    One of the grand narratives of the 20th century is the history of physics ? the elucidation of relativity by Einstein and the subsequent development of quantum physics by Bohr, Heisenberg, Schroedinger et al. Richard Rhodes provides a superlative account in The Making of the Atomic B...

    My mind has never been messed up so amazingly. A very inspiring book. ...

    A book for anyone interested in the intersection between physics, philosophy, and history. You don't have to study quantum mechanics to understand this book, but after reading it, you will surely want to. ...

    This book is so redundant. Could relate all the details in half the pages if things were not repeated so many times. ...

    History of some of the confusions, questions, and controversies surrounding quantum mechanics, unfortunately without clear answers because there aren?t any?except that the long and generally accepted Copenhagen interpretation is wrong and has held things back from its outset. When ...

    Take my review from a computer/environmental engineer's perspective, not a physicist's. I thought this book was excellent. I've read a few other books on QM that really focused on the math (Leonard Susskind's was great for this). However, while understanding the math is important for a...

    Copenhagen, many-worlds, pilot waves, spontaneous collapse, non-localism, hidden variables, falsifiability, logical positivism, Bell's Theorem, the EPR paper, cosmological constant,...These ideas and the people behind them make up Adam Becker's wonderful account of quantum physics. Lik...

    Great overview of the core debates around quantum mechanics. About 20 years ago, I was very interested in this topic and read several books, so a lot of the history Becker recounts was familiar (though a good refresher). But this was the best explication of the core debates about what ...

    too early to review but a lot of history. A different view of the history of quantum mechanics but none the less still history. I should add it's the build up of the Copenhagen interpretation leading to Einsteins famous quote "God does not play dice". added a star. first half was sa...

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