Assistant Professor, Washington University in St. Louis
I’m Dr. Adam Becker. I write and speak about science.
My book, What is Real?, is about the unfinished quest for the meaning of quantum physics. The New York Times called it “a thorough, illuminating exploration of the most consequential controversy raging in modern science.” Quantum physics powers the cell phones in our pockets and the sun in our sky. It’s our most successful theory of the world. But there’s a hole at the heart of the theory: we don’t really understand what quantum physics is saying about the nature of reality. Physicists have debated this for over ninety years, and the story of that debate—the story I tell in my book—reveals a fascinating human side of the scientific enterprise. If you’re not a scientist, but you want to understand quantum physics, and you like reading about science and the people behind it, then this book is for you. If you want a taste of what the book is like, check out this interactive essay based on the book, about the strangest result in all of quantum physics.