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What it states, baldly, is that reality is determined by the experiment the scientist chooses quanttum perform. This book tells us about all the hard work, the passion, the struggles that these scientists experienced.
Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality
My notes below summarize the science that paved the way for quantum theory, the Einstein Bohr rivalry and the various takes on the Copenhagen interpretation.
They were leaving and scattering around the world. The debate over the ability of quantum theory to describe nature was fueled by many leading physicists of the time, some of whom directly contributed to the development of quantum physics, but later found themselves arguing against the theory they helped to create. Atoms are because of Neils Bohr but is there anything smaller than an atom and can it jump into pararell worlds and be measured.
It took over a millennium for people to believe that the Earth was round, not flat.
The mischievous oracle
And reality was not really real until someone took a measurement. Also works to arm said scientific imbecile with ways to humiliate people in the humanities who just love to bullshit about stuff they understand even less than someone who read a pop-science history does. For a long time, the dominant interpretation of quantum mechanics espoused by Bohr, Heisenberg and others depicted electrons and photons as having dual particle and wave aspects, but denied that they were either particles or waves unless measured by some observer.
As Heisenberg showed, it was impossible to estimate their position and momenta with perfect precision, not because of the limits of our knowledge or the imprecision of the measuring devices used, but because this uncertainty or indeterminacy were inherent characteristics of phenomena at a subatomic scale.
Bohr conceded this but claimed the particles were entwined and thus one system, that a measurement of one was a measurement of both. Einstein, now as later, was uncomfortable with chance in physics theories. Their collective efforts to understand the universe we live in through publications, conferences, discussions correspondence and collaborative efforts are essential to scientific advancement.
You might have thought that Einstein, the most famous scientist who ever lived, was not much in need of rehabilitation. Jun manjot, Anna rated it really liked it Shelves: He needed the help of Max Born who collaborated with one his students, an excellent mathematician named Pascual Jordan, to get the math to support the physical theory. He helped Max Planck in the development of early ideas such as quantized energy levels in quantum physics.
For a start, Einstein was himself a pioneer of quantum theory, having suggested in that light was quantised — in other words, that it was not smoothly continuous, but could only exist in multiples of very small packets, or quanta.
The way the quantum world was observed determined what was seen. The debate would dominate the minds of Bohr and Einstein over the ensuing years. Theirs is such a grand story, I did not need to get every scientific reference in order to quqntum listening to quantm.
Ironically, it was Einstein who revived the particle theory of light, arguing that light was emitted in discrete quanta or photons. In Niels Bohr conceptualized the quantum atom. This new quantum mechanics employed a strange form of matrix mathematics in which A times B does not equal B times A, but it successfully calculated spectral kumra intensities. The more you know, it is true, the less you truly understand.
And yet for many years manijt was equally baffling for scientists themselves.
Review: Quantum by Manjit Kumar | Books | The Guardian
Each orbit had a specific energy level. Infinding time after his ground shattering theory of general relativity kmuar announced inEinstein theorized that spontaneous emission occurred when an electron jumped to a lower energy orbit. I have to say it was an enjoyable read, this is well researched and well presented.
Bohr would parry and nothing would be resolved.
It became clear over time that the assumptions of classical physics were not valid at the subatomic level, though Einstein, Planck and Schrodinger were never fully comfortable with the rejection of classical determinism and causality. If you have little to no familiarity with quantum physics, this might be a tough one for you. The particles simply were “potentialities”, or probabilities.
The essential read for anyone fascinated by this complex and thrilling story and by the band of young men at its heart. Great biographies are published on the protagonists.
We have all heard of Schroendinger’s cat, but have we heard of Einsteins Light Box. For most people, quantum theory is a byword for mysterious, impenetrable science.