Experiment and the foundations of quantum physics
Instead of having to rely on gedanken (thought) experiments, it is possible to base this discussion of the foundations of quantum physics on actually performed experiments because of the enormous experimental progress in recent years. For reasons of space, the author discusses mainly experiments related to the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox and Bell’s theorem, that is, to quantum entanglement. Not only have such fundamental experiments realized many historic proposals, they also helped to sharpen our quantum intuition. This recently led to the development of a new field, quantum information, where quantum teleportation and quantum computation are some of the most fascinating topics. Finally the author ventures into a discussion of future prospects in experiment and theory.