By J.M. Jauch
"... thought-provoking and pleasant. i feel that any one attracted to nature's private secrets and techniques may locate nice stimulation during this charmingly written little gem of a book." -- Douglas Hofstadter"... strange, pleasant, nonmathematical book... The reader is left in entertainment and admiration." -- clinical American"This is an excellent book... " -- American magazine of Physics"... this inventive work... elucidates the distinction among the classical, deterministic notions that appear inbred and the unusual habit of the microscopic quantum world.... via resurrecting Galileo's 3 questing buddies, Jauch is ready to pose questions a pupil want to ask yet too frequently is inhibited from doing so." -- the most important ReporterAn authority on either quantum mechanics and the paintings of Galileo, J. M. Jauch wrote this captivating discourse in imitation of Galileo's celebrated discussion "Two significant platforms of the World." The discussion shape is fun in addition to lucrative and appeals to the scholar of quantum mechanics, the thinker or historian of technological know-how, and the lay individual.
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Salviati Yes, Sagredo, you are perfectly correct. Experimental tests are possible for some hidden variable theories. Some such tests have been performed and they turned out negative.
But when Sagredo spoke I was reminded of a great teacher and statesman, 9 who taught us the fundamental truth that all events in nature are internally connected, and that it is incorrect to consider things and events as separated from one another. In other words, there are no separate phenomena, but every phenomenon perceived individually belongs to a whole into which it is integrated. Thus, if we look only superficially we might think that photons behave like capricious individuals, but if we could penetrate more deeply into this inner structure of the world we would uncover their integration into a larger structure of realities, which so far escapes us.
This photon will fall on the two plates of polaroid, and I now ask the question, will it go through both or will it be absorbed in the second plate? 5 Sagredo I find this a most baffling question indeed. Although I am not always sure whether our friend Simplicio is correct in his answers, the history of science since our last discussion in 1630 has shown that he was monumentally Page 9 wrong on many points. Yet, I cannot deny that I rather liked his explanation with the transverse polarized electromagnetic waves.
Are Quanta Real?: A Galilean Dialogue (A Midland Book) by J.M. Jauch