Synthese 107 (1):145 - 165 (1996)

When I was young I was fascinated by the quantum revolution: the transition from classical definiteness and determinism to quantum indeterminacy and uncertainty, from classical laws that are indifferent, if not hostile, to the human presence, to quantum laws that fundamentally depend upon an observer for their very meaning. I was intrigued by the radical subjectivity, as expressed by Heisenberg’s assertion [3] that “The idea of an objective real world whose smallest parts exist objectively in the same sense as stones or trees exist, independently of whether or not we observe them . . . is impossible . . . ” It is true that I did not really understand what the quantum side of this transition in fact entailed, but that very fact made quantum mechanics seem to me all the more exciting. I was eager to learn precisely what the alluring quantum mysteries might mean, what kind of world they describe, as well as exactly what evidence could compel—or at least support—such radical conclusions.
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