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Bohr the Innovator? Or Bohr the Intimidator?

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Science  24 Mar 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5461, pp. 2166-2167
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5461.2166

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Quantum Dialog The Making of a Revolution. Mara Beller. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1999. 381 pp. $35, £24.50. ISBN 0-226-04181-6.

Beller argues that the success of the Copenhagen interpretation was due primarily to intimidation and abuse of authority by Bohr and his collaborators. Our reviewer believes the author's biases led her to overlook the important question of how so many people have convinced themselves that one viable interpretation was actually unique and unassailable.