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"First of all, I would like to thank Prof. Griffith for his comments. The exchange has reminded me of the series of letters that appeared in Physics Today following the publication of an article by Chandralekha Singh, Mario Belloni, and Wolfgang Christian on improving the teaching of undergraduate quantum mechanics (see journals/doc/PHTOAD-ft/vol_60/iss_3/8_1.shtml). In those responses, both Griffiths and Travis Norsen argued that students’ understanding of quantum mechanics would be vastly improved if they were taught more about the foundations of quantum theory, and I wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment. The thing is, Griffiths argued vociferously that this should be done by teaching students according to his approach, as outlined in his textbook Consistent Quantum Theory, whilst Norsen argued that it should be done by teaching students the de Broglie-Bohm theory, i.e. precisely the sort of theory that Griffiths argues strongly against in his response to my article."


This article was originally published in Quantum Times, volume 6, issue 4, in 2012.


American Physical Society



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