Born came up with his probability interpretation of quantum mechanics. But why did he think about such an interoretation? Why not thinking that a deterministic process has to lay at its foundation? All known processes were known to be fundamentally deterministic. A dice thrown, the motion of the stars, the motions of atoms in a macroscopic gas, etc. Why did he think that the processes in QM are inherently probabilistic? A notion hard to digest (you can say QM is hard to digest but this begs the question).

  • $\begingroup$ A very entertaining and accessible book on this is Thirty Years that Shook Physics: The Story of Quantum Theory by George Gamow. $\endgroup$ Jul 12, 2021 at 14:36
  • $\begingroup$ @DaveLRenfro I prefer the paperback. 12 dollar. Hardback, only 902 dollars... only one left in stock... $\endgroup$ Jul 12, 2021 at 14:42
  • $\begingroup$ I have both, the hardback being purchased around 35 to 40 years ago (used, for probably around \$2 to \$3), and the paperback revised edition being purchased around 10 to 12 years ago (at another used bookstore, purchased because it was basically in new condition for about \$6 or \$7, and I'd forgotten I had the hardback -- I had read a library hardback copy in the mid 1970s and thus the hardback copy I purchased wound up being shuffled from box to box and forgotten during my frequent moves in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s). $\endgroup$ Jul 12, 2021 at 14:57
  • $\begingroup$ @DaveLRenfo Did you buy it for that low price? Why is it so expensive now? I think if you have a first edition it will be worth a bit more... $\endgroup$ Jul 12, 2021 at 15:01
  • $\begingroup$ This is almost certainly a feedback artifact of algorithmic pricing. If you really want a book that seems impossibly high-priced at amazon, look for it at various other booksellers -- I usually just google the book's title and author and the phrase "used book", or something similar, and then look at the non-amazon google hits. $\endgroup$ Jul 12, 2021 at 15:05


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