Why uncertainty is a part of science – especially quantum mechanics

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One of the teaching challenges is choosing a textbook because it is hard to find one that is reasonably priced and at the right level for my students. The more advanced the topic, the more likely it is to include areas that are the subject of current research, as thinking changes in real time.

Textbooks are designed to teach a subject as if it were a concept, to have an authority that gives students confidence in the contents. Although this method of learning is useful in helping people understand the ideas presented, it can also give…

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