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Quantum Theory and the Schism in Physics

(From the Postscript to the Logic of Scientific Discovery)

"Today, physics is in a crisis. Physical theory is unbelievably successful; it constantly produces new problems, and it solves the old ones as well as the new ones. And part of the present crisis – the almost permanent revolution of its fundamental theories – is, in my opinion, a normal state of any mature science. But there is also another aspect of the present crisis: it is also a crisis of understanding.” Karl Popper, from the Preface (1982)

Quantum Theory and the Schism in Physics is one of the three volumes of Karl Popper’s Postscript to the Logic of Scientific Discovery. The Postscript is the culmination of Popper’s work in the philosophy of physics and a now famous attack on subjectivist approaches to scientific knowledge.

Quantum Theory and the Schism in Physics is the third volume of the Postscript. It may be read independently, but it also forms part of Popper’s interconnected argument in the Postscript. It presents Popper’s classic statement on quantum physics and offers important insights into his thinking on problems of method within science and physics as a whole.

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