By J.M. Jauch
"... thought-provoking and pleasant. i think that anybody 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 leisure and admiration." -- medical American"This is an excellent book... " -- American magazine of Physics"... this ingenious work... elucidates the distinction among the classical, deterministic notions that appear inbred and the unusual habit of the microscopic quantum world.... through resurrecting Galileo's 3 questing neighbors, Jauch is ready to pose questions a pupil want to ask yet too usually is inhibited from doing so." -- the most important ReporterAn authority on either quantum mechanics and the paintings of Galileo, J. M. Jauch wrote this fascinating discourse in imitation of Galileo's celebrated discussion "Two significant platforms of the World." The discussion shape is fun in addition to profitable and appeals to the scholar of quantum mechanics, the thinker or historian of technology, and the lay individual.
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Yet, we have found that experimental situations exist where the hazard remains in spite of all attempts to control conditions to the maximum possible. You, Salviati, have mentioned the photon polarization experiment, but I have since found by consulting some books that there are a great Page 28 many other experiments of a similar kind which give similar results. We have explored the possibility that there are perhaps additional physical properties, represented as "hidden parameters," which might be held responsible for the variation of the outcome in this and similar experiments.
Peirce traced the origin of the idea of necessity to Democritos and opposed it with the ideas of Epicurus. He concluded that the only natural laws which can be validly inferred from observations are laws of chance. His pertinent observations are even more relevant today than they were in his time and merit attention by all who are interested in these questions. Next, it must be emphasized that the inferences which are drawn from observations and then incorporated into a theory are nondeductive.
Sagredo What do you mean? The theory of the propagation of light as a transverse wave is supported by hundreds of the most refined experiments, from Young and Fresnel down to the present. How can such a powerful, efficient, and beautiful theory be wrong? You question one hundred and fifty years of physical optics! Salviati I do not imply that the experiments on physical optics to which you allude are wrong. I mean to say that wave theory, which Simplicio has so ably explained to us, cannot possibly predict what happens to a single photon when it traverses two crossed polaroids.
Are Quanta Real?: A Galilean Dialogue (A Midland Book) by J.M. Jauch