How To Make Quantum Mechanics Look Like A Hidden-Variable Theory and Vice Versa
Conventional quantum mechanics is a superb calculational tool. It has successfully solved mysteries ranging from macroscopic superconductivity1(a) to the microscopic theory of the electron1(b) and has provided deeper insight into the nature of the vacuum1(c) on the one hand and the description of the nucleon1(d) on the other. Whole new fields2(a)−2(b) such as quantum optics and quantum electronics owe their very existence to this body of knowledge.
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