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Quantum Mechanics and Experience
This account of the foundations of quantum mechanics is an introduction accessible to anyone with high school mathematics, and provides a rigorous discussion of important recent advances in the understanding of quantum physics, including theories put forward by the author himself.
Paperback, 222 pages
Published March 15th 1994 by Harvard University Press
(first published 1992)
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An excellent explanation of exactly what makes quantum mechanics unfathomable written to the non-physicist. This book takes an approach I have rarely seen of giving just enough math to give the reader an idea of how the strangeness of quantum mechanics falls out of mathematical equations. It does this with only a very basic refresher course in vector math and I got a lot our of this approach.
Bohm's interpretation of quantum mechanics is deterministic yet allows for free will. "There is, right now ... an objective physical matter of fact about what that future act of [the observer:] is going to be; and (moreover) [the observer:] now knows, with certainty, what that act is going to be; and (moreover) that no other observer in the world (no matter how adept they may be at measuring or calculating) can possibly know (right now) what that act is going to be." Bohm's interpretation is inc ...more