218 Adam Becker - The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics

“No theory in the history of science has been more misused and abused by cranks and charlatans—and misunderstood by people struggling in good faith with difficult ideas—than quantum mechanics.” - Sean Carroll

Even though quantum mechanics is nearly 100 years old, the theory is wildly misunderstood and misinterpreted. A deeper looker into the history reveals, maybe physicists are having the same problem as well.

We talk to astrophysicist Adam Becker about his new book What Is Real? The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics, a revealing look at the hidden figures who developed out quantum physics that is still being revealed today.

Links:

The Casino Demo (relates to Bell's work)

Adam on NPR

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