Are Quanta Real?: A Galilean Dialogue (A Midland Book) by J.M. Jauch

By J.M. Jauch

"... thought-provoking and pleasant. i think that anybody drawn to nature's inner most secrets and techniques might locate nice stimulation during this charmingly written little gem of a book." -- Douglas Hofstadter"... strange, pleasant, nonmathematical book... The reader is left in amusement and admiration." -- medical American"This is an excellent book... " -- American magazine of Physics"... this innovative work... elucidates the distinction among the classical, deterministic notions that appear inbred and the unusual habit of the microscopic quantum world.... by means of resurrecting Galileo's 3 questing neighbors, Jauch is ready to pose questions a scholar wish to ask yet too usually is inhibited from doing so." -- the foremost 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 a laugh 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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In this region of our souls, rationality is not the main characteristic, as it is on the conscious, scientific level. Here Page 26 the different functions of our souls are active in undifferentiated form and produce images of symbolic content, which represent essential steps in the process of individualization. I do not find it dishonorable to recognize the irrational sources of our purest, most fruitful scientific ideas, because life itself and all that it encompasses remain a mystery to us in spite of all the insights we have gained during recent years.

Is a wonderful contribution to the lore on quantum mechanics because it allows both the beginner and the expert to experience and wallow in these ever-tantalizing mysteries in their full depth. I first read Are Quanta Real? in the fall of 1973, while I was still a graduate student in physics. At that time, it had been a few years since my introductory course in quantum mechanics, and the book electrified me. The old ideas came alive once again in the most vivid of ways. " This was a good decision, since it made me ponder the ideas at length rather than rush through themand rushing was a strong temptation, since dialogues are intrinsically so enticing.

4 Simplicio That is correct. And both these realities are subject to a dynamical law of evolution which is partly known to us today and which we shall eventually discover completely, thus giving us a full understanding of basic physical structures. Sagredo But, pray, you have not yet explained to us why you deny the existence of a substance as a carrier of light waves. Simplicio I am not a physicist, as you well know, but I have been told by my physicist friends that the hypothesis of a substance as a carrier of light waves is not only unnecessary, but leads to difficulties when the propagation of light is studied with respect to different observers moving with respect to one another.

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