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Book Review: A history of the upending of physics in "Quantum"
Book Review: A history of the upending of physics in 'Quantum'

QuantumEinstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate About the Nature of RealityManjit KumarW.W. Norton, 448 pp.; $27.95If thinking about the quantum theory doesn't make you schwindlig (dizzy), then you haven't understood it, Niels Bohr, its great patriarch, famously (well, famously among physicists) remarked. Quantum mechanics lies at the subatomic base of physical reality — and ruptures any attempts to visualize it. This doesn't worry many physicists, who use quantum mechanics to correctly calculate the behavior and attributes of the stupefyingly small and choose to disregard its weirdness. It certainly doesn't worry most nonphysicists; we go about our lives anyway, heedless of the Problem....

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