There is a new book I’d like to read: Quantum: Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality, by Manjit Kumar. The book is a non-technical account of the discoveries and arguments that led to the Theory of Quantum Mechanics we rely on today. According to Graham Farmelo’s review of Quantum in the New York Times last month, the book is full of interesting anecdotes about the physicists, their ideas and their disagreements.
Early quantum mechanics is often portrayed as a battlefield from which Bohr emerges victorious while Einstein recedes into the background. Bohr’s view is now taught to almost every undergraduate physics major and philosophers routinely refer to his view as the ‘Standard Interpretation’. However, Continue reading “The Origin of Quantum Interpretation”