Synopses & Reviews
"Provides (an)...accurate portrait of the essence of the disputes, both epistemological and technical, that characterize contemporary inquiry. This book will profit any reader-physicist, mathematician, philosopher, or civilian-who wants a comprehensive and intelligible survey of this pesky episode in fundamental physical theory."-CHOICE "I have no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone interested in the history, philosophy or sociology of science, and it is worth adding to the library shelf on quantum theory."-PHYSICS WORLD
Although quantum mechanics has predicted an extraordinary range of phenomena with unprecedented accuracy, it remains controversial. Bohr and Heisenberg pronounced it "a complete theory" in 1927, but Einstein never accepted it, and as late as 1989 John Bell charged it with dividing the world of physics. David Wick traces the history of this controversy and shows how it affects our very conception of what a scientific theory is all about.
The gulf between the quantum world and the classical one is a great mystery of physics. This is an extraordinarily lively account of quantum theory debate, mainly told from the side of the heretics--Einstein, David Bohm, J.S. Bell, and others. The book explores the philosophical and physical implications, as well as personalities involved--a compelling history of the strange side of quantum physics.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 301-304) and index.
Table of Contents
Prologue 1: Atoms.- Prologue II: Quanta.- Revolution, Part 1: Heisenberg's Matrices.- Revolution, Part II: Schrödinger's Waves.- Uncertainty.- Complementarity.- The Debate Begins.- The Impossibility Theorem.- The Post-War Heresies.- Bell's Theorem.- Dice Games and Conspiracies.- Testing Bell.- Loopholes.- The Impossible Observed.- Paradoxes.- Philosophies.- Principles.- Opinions.- Speculations.- PostScript.- Appendix by William Faris.- Notes.- Bibliography.- Index.