When We Cease To Understand The World By Benjamín Labatut And Translated By Adrian Nathan West — Review

A provocative hybrid of science fact and novelistic imagination that invites the reader to ponder the psychological impact of scientific advances, focusing on developments in the 20th century that led to widespread changes in how we understand the world

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Wave functions of the electron in a hydrogen atom at different energy levels. Quantum mechanics cannot predict the exact location of a particle in space, only the probability of finding it at different locations. The brighter areas represent a higher probability of finding the electron. (Credit: PoorLeno / Public domain.)

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