The Nature of Reality

Part of the Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics book series (ULNP)


In this chapter, we explore how quantum mechanics leads to some rather strange consequences for our notion of what is real and not real. What does quantum mechanics actually say about reality? Why does this theory make predictions that are so radically different from our everyday experience? We must answer these questions if quantum mechanics is to properly explain the world around us.

Supplementary material (200 kb)
Supplementary material 1: Schrödinger’s cat (zip 199 KB) (581 kb)
Supplementary material 2: A model of an underlying reality for quantum probabilities (zip 580 KB) (798 kb)
Supplementary material 3: The PBR theorem (zip 798 KB) (800 kb)
Supplementary material 4: Contextuality in three dimensions (zip 799 KB) (779 kb)
Supplementary material 5: A localised wave packet as a superposition of plane waves (zip 778 KB)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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