3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Inadequate and confusing for beginners,
This review is from: The Ghost in the Atom: A Discussion of the Mysteries of Quantum Physics (Paperback)
This is not a great introduction to the philosophy of quantum mechanics. It provides an inadequate explanation of the Copenhagen interpretation, and spends too much time on the weird alternatives. The discussion of photons and wave/particle duality is too short for a beginner to get a useful picture of the important issues.
The all-too-brief introduction spends far too much time on irrelevant detail, when the short space should have been devoted to quantum fundamentals. For instance, a detailed account of the Aspect experiment is surely totally inappropriate here.
The eight physicists involved are probably all the BBC could drum up at short notice. There is no mainstream representative of the Copenhagen interpretation, and the interviews leave you wishing to know what the real big hitters (Bohr, Einstein, Heisenberg...) *really* thought about these issues. To find out, you need other books.