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Physicists to Einstein: We think you’re wrong

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It’s always fun to read about dissension at the top: Vatican cardinals divided over the next pope, the White House split on health care reform. Now, an entertaining paper that shows surprising fissures among some of the world’s top physicists. The authors asked 33

researchers for their opinions about 16 foundational questions in quantum mechanics. The results showed they differ widely on most topics, except for one: Einstein. No fewer than 64 percent of respondents felt comfortable saying his views on quantum mechanics were wrong.

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