The new Nobel laureates in physics have been given the prize because of their contributions to quantum mechanics (QM).

Of course, the Nobel prize focusses more on groundbreaking work that has links to applications and experiments, rather than on purely theoretical foundational questions.

Still, it would be interesting to know what the new Nobels think about the foundations of their field, especially considering the renaissance that foundational questions in QM seem to have enjoyed 'recently'.

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    $\begingroup$ This doesn't look like a question about History. $\endgroup$ Oct 5, 2022 at 5:48
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    $\begingroup$ By "new" you mean Aspect, Clauser and Zeilinger? Penrose, for example, who got the prize in 2020, has a famously kooky interpretation, a version of objective collapse that involves quantum gravity, "Platonic information" and consciousness. $\endgroup$
    – Conifold
    Oct 5, 2022 at 7:13
  • $\begingroup$ @Conifold: yes I meant the most recent ones. $\endgroup$
    – Qfwfq
    Oct 5, 2022 at 12:22
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    $\begingroup$ @José Carlos Santos: wonderful, so my question got rejected at the physics SE site and I was suggested to post it here, and here it's not historical enough. Well, I guess it doesn't fit into any existing SE site then. It happens... :) $\endgroup$
    – Qfwfq
    Oct 5, 2022 at 12:26
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    $\begingroup$ Alain Aspect, at least, never stroke me as interested in this topic. I tried once to ask him about this, and he mostly swept the question aside, explaining that he was happy focusing on what he could observe and measure. $\endgroup$
    – Miyase
    Oct 5, 2022 at 21:54


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