“.Quantum theory contradicts common sense. Everyone who has even a modest interest in physics quickly gets this message. The quantum view of reality, we’re often told, is as a madhouse of particles that become waves (and vice versa), and that speak to one another through spooky messages that defy normal conceptions of time and space. We think the world is made from solid, discrete objects – trees and dogs and tables – things that have objective properties that we can all agree on; but in quantum mechanics the whole concept of classical objects with well-defined identities seems not to exist. Sounds ridiculous? The much-lauded physicist Richard Feynman thought so, yet he implored us to learn to live with it. ‘I hope you can accept Nature as She is – absurd,’ he said in 1985.” See here for more
According to the AA You are nowhere. Now you know.
“The tools of Carruthers‘s trade are a blank piece of paper and a pen. On his desk are stacks of notebooks, each page numbered by hand, each page covered with row upon row of neat mathematical notations and here and there a small line drawing, such as tiny circles representing atoms in different states of excitation.” See here for more,,
I like Joseph Polchinski… See here for more
Quoting from Quora
Jay Wacker, physicist, phd+postdoc+faculty
Answered Feb 9
The thing that most people who don’t have a formal graduate education in physics don’t appreciate about modern physics is how far it is has come from the most modern thing they learned in classes — whether that is middle school, high school, freshman physics, or even an undergraduate degree in physics.
Most people’s education in modern physics ends around 1925 — which means that there is a century of physics that most people aren’t very familiar with. A century is a long time to be out of date in a field.
This century experienced an explosion in the number of physicists doing research. Before 1925 there were perhaps 1000 physicists doing research (maybe as little as a few hundred). Now there are close to 100,000. Now it’s not fair to say that every physicist contributes equally today as what a physicist in 1925 contributed, but that sheer amount of humanity working to understand the nature of physics does add up to amazing forward progress.
This gap between what people learn and the subject matter that physicists are actually working on is one of the greatest problems facing physics. That we haven’t gotten meaningful quantum mechanics into high school texts is a real shame.”””