What Is Real?

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Publisher ‏ : ‎ Basic Books; Reprint edition (September 3, 2019)

Language ‏ : ‎ English

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 384 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1541698975

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1541698970

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

 

“A thorough, illuminating exploration of the most consequential controversy raging in modern science.” —New York Times Book Review

An Editor’s Choice, New York Times Book Review
Longlisted for PEN/E.O. Wilson Prize for Literary Science Writing
Longlisted for Goodreads Choice Award

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 solipsistic and poorly reasoned Copenhagen interpretation. Indeed, questioning it has long meant professional ruin, yet some daring physicists, such as John Bell, David Bohm, and Hugh Everett, persisted in seeking the true meaning of quantum mechanics. What Is Real? is the gripping story of this battle of ideas and the courageous scientists who dared to stand up for truth.

About the Author

Adam Becker is a science writer with a PhD in astrophysics. He has written for the New York Times, the BBC, NPR, Scientific American, New Scientist, and other publications. He is a visiting scholar at University of California, Berkeley’s Office for History of Science and Technology. He lives in California.
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