Einstein, Schrödinger, and the story you never heard (Synopsis)

“I don’t like it, and I’m sorry I ever had anything to do with it.” –Schrödinger

Ever think that if we just pitted enough intelligence at a particular problem, we’d be bound to solve it? That was certainly the approach that two of the greatest minds in history — Einstein and Schrödinger — took, when it came to the very nature of our Universe.

Image credit: Benjamin Couprie, Institut International de Physique de Solvay, of the 1927 Solvay Conference.
Image credit: Benjamin Couprie, Institut International de Physique de Solvay, of the 1927 Solvay Conference.

Yet no amount of intelligence will get you to the solution if you make an assumption about the Universe that isn’t consistent with physical reality. In this particular case, it was the idea of determinism that proved to be the undoing of both men. Would it have been better if they could accept the Universe for what it was rather than for what they wished it would have been?

Well, there’s a remarkable book out — new, today — that may help you answer that question for yourself.

Image credit: Paul Halpern / Basic Books.
Image credit: Paul Halpern / Basic Books.

Take a look at my review of Paul Halpern’s new book: Einstein’s Dice and Schrödinger’s Cat.