No One Can Understand Quantum Mechanics [at Least Not Until After It Is Replaced by a Superior Theory]

Jeffrey Bub (2018) Bananaworld: Quantum Mechanics for Primates. Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-881784-0288 pages, $20.95 USD (paperback)Tanya Bub and Jeffrey Bub (2018) Totally Random: Why Nobody Understands Quantum Mechanics, A Serious Comic on Entanglement. Princeton University Press, ISBN 9780-691-17695-6272 pages, $22.95 USD (paperback)Vlatko Vedral (2018) Decoding Reality: The Universe as Quantum Information. Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-881543-3240 pages, $12.95 USD (paperback)
  • Sheldon RichmondEmail author
Book Review

There is an elephant in the room of Quantum Mechanics and it is the following question: what is Quantum Mechanics all about? There are many answers to this question, and one of them is: according to the Information-Theoretic approach to Quantum Mechanics, the stuff of the universe is information. Though at the Quantum Level, information is not bits but qubits, and, ultimately, the Universe is a giant quantum computer or at least is made up of a network of quantum computers.

In my previous review of Jeffrey Bub’s first edition of his “Bananaworld,” I mistakenly thought the book proposed the Information-Theoretic answer as a response to the famous saying of Feynman that no one can understand Quantum Mechanics. Jeffrey Bub pointed out to me that my interpretation of his interpretation of Quantum Mechanics was mistaken. Moreover, I have come to the realization that Feynman is right after all: there are more interpretations of Quantum Mechanics than primates can swallow, at least than the...


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