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Review: The Quantum Moment by Robert P Crease & Alfred Scharff

Quantum MomentWhat do you make of quantum theory? One response is that it is weird or hopelessly mind-boggling. But many of the tropes of quantum physics have permeated cultural discourse, among them quantum jumps, the uncertainty principle and Schrödinger’s cat. Physicists may sometimes despair at how these ideas are misused—quantum jumps are small, not big, and Werner Heisenberg didn’t say that everything is uncertain. But historian of science Robert P Crease and physicist Alfred Goldhaber provide reasons why scientists should lighten up.

This survey of the cultural reception of quantum theory since its…

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