Even physicists find quantum mechanics difficult to understand

When writing about quantum mechanics some while ago HERE, and HERE, I said,

… on my bedside table, in addition to a dictionary and my current reading, is Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher by physicist Richard Feynman. Here’s a description of the book, which includes a chapter on quantum mechanics and the Uncertainty Principle:

It contains the six easiest chapters from Richard P. Feynman’s landmark work, Lectures on Physics—specifically designed for the general, non-scientist reader. Feynman gave these lectures just once, to a group of university undergraduates in 1961 and 1962.

The part of the book I never got past was on quantum mechanics – the science of the very small. The chapter discussed Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, that’s where I stopped understanding. My lesson learned was I’m short of brain power.

quantum-mechanicsSo, how wonderful to read a review in the New York Review of Books about The Trouble with Quantum Mechanics by Steven Weinberg in which he writes – as a physicist – that he and others like him find quantum mechanics difficult to comprehend.

I’m not trying to be erudite here, just want to point out even in the world of scientists, there’s a brain power hierarchy. The Newton’s, Einstein’s and Feynman’s sit at the top of that hierarchy. Note: Image not related to the article by Steven Weinberg.

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