8 Feb

Quantum Veil

[Originally posted August 29, 2007]

In a New York Times article published on December 27, 2005, Dennis Overbye describes the role of quantum theory in the search for ultimate reality this way:

“Niels Bohr, the Danish philosopher king of quantum theory, dismissed any attempts to lift the quantum veil as meaningless, saying that science was about the results of experiments, not ultimate reality.” (Dennis Overbye, Quantum Trickery: Testing Einstein’s Strangest Theory, The New York Times, December 27, 2005.)

Bohr probably never used the phrase ‘quantum veil,’ but I find it an appropriate title for this series as I think you will see.  What Bohr actually said was something like this:

“There is no quantum world. There is only an abstract physical description. It is wrong to think that the task of physics is to find out how nature is. Physics concerns what we can say about nature.”   (Aage…

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  1. Dennis Rice February 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    Thanks for re-posting!

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