Shots fired! "Even Physicists Don’t Understand Quantum Mechanics. Worse, they don’t seem to want to understand it." -- me, in the New York Times #SomethingDeeply
"Gravity, in particular, doesn’t fit into the framework of quantum mechanics like our other theories do. It’s possible — maybe even perfectly reasonable — to imagine that our inability to understand quantum mechanics itself is standing in the way."
A poem responding to Sean Carroll's recent New York Times editorial: He asks “But what is the wave function? Is it a complete and comprehensive representation of the world? ... Or does the wave function have no direct connection with reality at all?”
Even Physicists Don’t Understand Quantum Mechanics (& worse, don't want to).
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"The current generation of philosophers of physics takes quantum mechanics very seriously... ." , when was there a generation of philosophers of physics who didn't take quantum mechanics very seriously?
Even Physicists Don't Understand Quantum Mechanics. Worse, they don't seem to want to. "[Q]uantum mechanics seems to require separate rules for how quantum objects behave when we're not looking at them... The whole thing is preposterous." [1/3]
“For years, the leading journal in physics had an explicit policy that papers on the foundations of quantum mechanics were to be rejected out of hand.”
"[W]hat is the wave function? Is it a complete and comprehensive representation of the world? Or do we need additional physical quantities to fully capture reality?" [2/3]
"You would naturally think, then, that understanding quantum mechanics would be the absolute highest priority among physicists worldwide... The reality is exactly backward." [3/3]
Opinion | Even Physicists Don’t Understand Quantum Mechanics - The New York Times
Important point and well-written. Clear as a bell, but necessarily also opaque as Bell.
Wonderful piece by on how the "shut up and calculate" attitude in physics has stymied not only (quite obviously) understanding but also scientific progress--with a brief nod to philosophers of physics.
unusually sharp article -- and more evidence that humanity knows perhaps 1% of what can be known. Plus book from sounds great
"Even physicists don’t understand quantum mechanics. Worse, they don’t seem to want to understand it." Yep, this is just about exactly right. Nice to see writing for on the subject of his new book (and my book).
"Physicists brought up in the modern system will look into your eyes and explain with all sincerity that they’re not really interested in understanding how nature really works; they just want to successfully predict the outcomes of experiments."
Great essay by . I’m not sure if the feeble brain of some unusually smart apes is ultimately capable of “understanding” the quantum realm, but it is truly amazing that a few exceptionally unusually smart apes figured it out at all.
Even Physicists Don’t Understand Quantum Mechanics Worse, they don’t seem to want to understand it.
Even Physicists Don’t Understand Quantum Mechanics. Worse, they don’t seem to want to understand it.
Physicists may not WANT to understand, but we Philosophers do! If physics can't or won't tell us what occupies the bottommost layer of the vast and layered labyrinth of existence in its totality, how will we ever know?
From Sean Carroll (), a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology. | Even Physicists Don’t Understand Quantum Mechanics
After almost a century of pretending that understanding quantum mechanics isn’t a crucial task for physicists, we need to take this challenge seriously.
Even Physicists Don’t Understand Quantum Mechanics
Even Physicists Don’t Understand Quantum Mechanics
“One is reminded of Aesop’s fox, who decided that the grapes he couldn’t reach were probably sour, and he didn’t want them anyway.” Sean Carroll nails it. Can’t wait to read his new book.
‘Physicists don’t understand their own theory [of quantum mechanics] any better than a typical smartphone user understands what’s going on inside the device’, writes
Opinion | Even Physicists Don’t Understand Quantum Mechanics