Where does the weirdness go? : why quantum mechanics is strange, but not as strange as you think /
David Lindley.
New York : BasicBooks, c1996.
xvi, 251 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
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New York : BasicBooks, c1996.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 227-240) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-09-01:
Lindley does an excellent job at the difficult task of explaining the subtleties of quantum mechanics to the general reader. By breaking up material into very short sections (rarely more than five pages) with colloquial titles, and by frequently reiterating key points, he leads the reader through several important experiments, the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox, Bell's theorem, the Schrodinger's cat thought experiment, and the theories of Bohm and Everett, among others. Incorporating recent developments in fundamental quantum mechanics, Lindley argues for a version of Bohr's Copenhagen interpretation that uses coherence arguments to resolve the so-called "measurement problem," which seems to make quantum mechanics inconsistent with everyday perceptions (the "weirdness" of the title). The coherence arguments may be difficult for nonspecialists but are probably not impenetrable. A thorough bibliography appropriate for a wide range of levels of sophistication is included. General; undergraduate through faculty. D. B. Moss Boston University
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