Quantum Mysteries for Anyone

  title={Quantum Mysteries for Anyone},
  author={N. David Mermin},
  journal={The Journal of Philosophy},
  • N. Mermin
  • Published 1 July 1981
  • Mathematics
  • The Journal of Philosophy
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