Quantum physics may be one of the greatest achievements in science – and one of the weirdest. The theory predicts phenomena like particles that exist in two places at once, and objects that influence each other instantly, no matter how far apart they are. Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger, two pioneers of the field, found some of these implications so untenable they insisted the theory couldn’t be complete. Their objections clashed with another view – the “Copenhagen interpretation.” Scholar Adam Becker offers a lively, mostly comprehensible and math-free history of this historic conflict, and paints vivid portraits of its brilliant combatants.
About the Author
Adam Becker is visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Office for History of Science and Technology. He holds a PhD in astrophysics from the University of Michigan, and a BA in philosophy and physics from Cornell University.