Abstract: Einstein is best known for his contributions to the physics of spacetime, the Special and General Theories of Relativity. However, he also played an important role in the development of quantum mechanics, the other great theoretical advance in twentieth century physics. Einstein’s famous response to quantum mechanics was that “God does not play dice.” As the quote suggests, quantum mechanics made Einstein uncomfortable. I will discuss the reasons for his unease—the role of chance, the failure of the theory to represent reality, and “spooky” action at a distance.
“Einstein, God, Dice, and Quantum Mechanics” was the third in a series of lectures given at the London Public Library, presented in celebration of the centenary of general relativity. Video of the first two lectures, by Chris Smeenk and Stathis Psillos, have already been posted online. The remaining lecture, by Wayne Myrvold, will be posted online shortly.
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