
Guido Bacciagaluppi and Antony Valentini
Quantum theory at the crossroads
The book is much more than simply an account of what went on in 1927 though. The authors point out that much of what has been claimed since doesn't reflect the reality of the time. In the years leading up to the conference de Broglie's pilot wave theory was a strong contender to be the quantum theory, rather than just a rewriting of Schrödinger's equation. Einstein, far from being a quantum outsider, had been worried about quantum nonlocality for decades beforehand. Neither Einstein nor Bohr presented a paper, so the idea that this conference was the culmination of the battle between them is something of a myth.
The book is in three parts, the last one containing the conference papers. As for parts I and II, well What the authors could have used one to present their argument and one for background material, or maybe part I could have been a layman's summary and part II a more technical account. As it is they are both fairly technical, and I feel that this is likely to mean that the book has a smaller readership than their arguments deserve. In any case the book is a valuable resource for those wanting to get the facts straight about the early development of quantum theory.
Note: This book can be read online at arxiv:quantph/0609184