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9 The fall of physics: quantum theory

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Of the two ‘great theories’ of twentieth century physics, quantum mechanics is known as the more mysterious, the more impenetrable to rational, deterministic analysis, a strange and bizarre theory that requires a complete rethink of scientific method and principle. We will not find any of this to be the case.

Einstein said of quantum mechanics that ‘One ought really to be ashamed of the successes, as they are obtained with the help of the Jesuitic rule: “One hand must not know what the other does”’[i]

Later, in 1951, he wrote to his friend Besso: ‘What are light quanta?  Nowadays every Tom, Dick and Harry thinks he knows it, but he is mistaken.’ (more…)