For a century, most physicists have followed Niels Bohr's "Copenhagen interpretation" and dismissed questions about the reality underlying quantum physics as meaningless. A mishmash of solipsism and poor reasoning, Copenhagen endured, as Bohr's students vigorously protected his legacy, and the physics community favored practical experiments over philosophical arguments. As a result, questioning the status quo long meant professional ruin. And yet, from the 1920s to today, physicists like John Bell, David Bohm, and Hugh Everett persisted in seeking the true meaning of quantum physics. What Is Real? is the gripping story of this battle of ideas, and of the scientists who dared to seek the fundamental nature of the world around us.
About the Author
Adam Becker is a science writer with a PhD in astrophysics from the University of Michigan and a BA in philosophy and physics from Cornell. He has written for the BBC, NPR, Scientific American, and New Scientist. He has also recorded a video series with the BBC and several podcasts with the Story Collider. Adam is currently a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Office for History of Science and Technology, and he is a recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation book grant. He lives in Oakland, CA.