Revenge of the heirs of Bohr

Against those of Einstein, and the revenge of the heirs of Einstein against those of Bohr:

Theoretical physicists are now divided into two main factions. Those who look forward to another revolution mostly believe that it will grow out of a grand mathematical scheme known as string theory. Those who are content with the outcome of the old revolution are mostly studying more mundane subjects such as high-temperature superconductors and quantum computers. String theory may be considered to be the counterattack of those who lost the debate over complementarity in physics in Copenhagen in 1932. It is the revenge of the heirs of Einstein against the heirs of Bohr. The new discipline of systems biology, describing living creatures as emergent dynamic organizations rather than as collections of molecules, is the counterattack of those who lost the debate over complementarity in biology in 1953. It is the revenge of the heirs of Bohr against the heirs of Einstein.

Mundane subjects such as high-temperature superconductors and quantum computersMundane, did he say? Ouch! That hurts!

The New York Review of Books piece of Freeman Dyson from which Jenny Davidson quotes is, alas, not available online to non-subscribers, I was given to understand — though, I could get it on my computer. So, dear readers, keep you fingers crossed and click! If the Lord of Open Access is in a benevolent mood, you might get to read it.

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