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I was surprised at the amount of insight provided by these radio interviews more than thirty years ago with the major interpreters of quantum mechanics. Most of the interviewees believed that experiments would show the superiority of one view over the other, although their ideas for experiments were quite vague. This of course has not materialized.
This book is mostly an exploration of a famous thought experiment in physics posed by Einstein with additions by Podolsky and Rosen - the "EPR" paradox. I liked it because it did not dwell on any new age implications of psychology or spirituality and stuck to what theory and data could support. There is a short and concise introduction to key physics concepts, which is well done.
It is difficult to measure things that move very close to the speed of light and recent advances in acoustic switching allowed some tentative experiments to proceed. This book reviews the work of Dr. Alain Aspect and his attempts to simultaneously measure two "identical" particles as they race away from a nucleus.
I studied "modern physics" under Dr. Carroll Alley who very much had a hand in the development of these techniques and was an avowed fan of Dr. Aspect. It is very easy to get carried away and extend quantum physics scale properties to large objects or people. I remember Dr. Alley's advice on such flights of fancy, which is a sore point for many physicists: don't be afraid to relocate a book to the fiction section of the store.
More recent books on the subject include "Quantum Enigma" by Rosenberg and Kutner and Roger Penrose's "The Emperor's new Mind". If you enjoy fictional attempts at applying quantum mechanics to everyday life, I recommend "Anathem" by Neal Stephenson or "Cosmic Banditos" by anonymous. Cheers
Good book, but when you get to the actual radio interview you get to see how weak some of these highly respected quantum physicists are. When asked questions about how quantum physics relates to certain things in life they make total fools of themselves. I thought quantum physicists were the pound for pound strongest of scientists but what a bunch of geeks. Only a couple of the scientists interviewed gave intelligent answers. A must if you have a strong background in quantum physics. I advise you not to buy this book is you are just starting to learn about quantum physics, it will confuse you, and these geeks will make you think quantum physics is a bull poop science.
This is an excellent book for anyone who is interested in the the problem of reality as defined by quantum theory. Davies interviews well known quantum physicists on the subject of "quantum reality" and thereby provides a very stimulating and revealing variety of views on the subject.