John Bell's Against Measurement is a direct attack onto the heart of quantum mechanics as expressed in the Copenhagen Interpretation according to Bohr:
- It is wrong to think that the task of physics is to find out how nature is. Physics concerns what we can say about nature…
- What exactly qualifies some physical systems to play the role of "measurer"?
- Was the wavefunction of the world waiting to jump for thousands of millions of years until a single-celled living creature appeared?
- Or did it have to wait a little longer, for some better qualified system…with a Ph D?
The story is well described by 1969 Nobel Laureate Murray Gell-Mann:
- Niels Bohr brainwashed a whole generation of theorists into thinking that the job of interpreting quantum theory was done 50 years ago.