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NOT A BALANCED INTRODUCTION
on 18 November 2012
This book, with all its merits and demerits, is not a balanced introduciton to quantum physics. It touches on some main issues, but the emphasis is on the measurement problem, with quite some technical discussions of photons. These are handled well, but do not add up to an overview of quantum physics. Thus, indeterminacy, entangling, quantum jumping, multiple dimensions, gravity, and other cardinal issues are not mentioned at all or discussed much too hastily. And, most disturbing of all, the standard model as a whole is not presented and discussed systematically.
Instead, the book allocates space to esoteric issues, such as extrasensory perception (pp. 73-74); and doubtful comments on the philosophy of the mind (pp. 62-72). Still, readers particularly interested in the measurement problem will find the book worth reading. But I cannot recommend it as a general introduction to quantum physics.
Professor Yehezkel Dror
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem