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Quantum: Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality
     

Quantum: Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality

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by Manjit Kumar
 

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ISBN-10: 0393339882

ISBN-13: 9780393339888

Pub. Date: 05/09/2011

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

“A lucid account of quantum theory (and why you should care) combined with a gripping narrative.”—San Francisco Chronicle
Quantum theory is weird. As Niels Bohr said, if you weren’t shocked by quantum theory, you didn’t really understand it. For most people, quantum theory is synonymous with mysterious, impenetrable science. And in

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“A lucid account of quantum theory (and why you should care) combined with a gripping narrative.”—San Francisco Chronicle
Quantum theory is weird. As Niels Bohr said, if you weren’t shocked by quantum theory, you didn’t really understand it. For most people, quantum theory is synonymous with mysterious, impenetrable science. And in fact for many years it was equally baffling for scientists themselves. In this tour de force of science history, Manjit Kumar gives a dramatic and superbly written account of this fundamental scientific revolution, focusing on the central conflict between Einstein and Bohr over the nature of reality and the soul of science. This revelatory book takes a close look at the golden age of physics, the brilliant young minds at its core—and how an idea ignited the greatest intellectual debate of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393339888
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/09/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
360,821
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue ix

Part I The Quantum 1

Chapter 1 The Reluctant Revolutionary 3

Chapter 2 The Patent Slave 31

Chapter 3 The Golden Dane 67

Chapter 4 The Quantum Atom 93

Chapter 5 When Einstein Met Bohr 117

Chapter 6 The Prince of Duality 143

Part II Boy Physics 155

Chapter 7 Spin Doctors 157

Chapter 8 The Quantum Magician 177

Chapter 9 'A Late Erotic Outburst' 201

Chapter 10 Uncertainty in Copenhagen 225

Part III Titans Clash Over Reality 251

Chapter 11 Sorvay 1927 253

Chapter 12 Einstein Forgets Relativity 281

Chapter 13 Quantum Reality 301

Part IV Does God Play Dice? 329

Chapter 14 For Whom Bell's Theorem Tolls 331

Chapter 15 The Quantum Demon 351

Timeline 361

Glossary 373

Notes 387

Bibliography 421

Acknowledgements 439

Index 441

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Quantum: Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
aMessenger More than 1 year ago
I purchased 'Quantum' for my nook in hopes that it would be a sufficient description of what generally is taken to be a dense subject. I was pleasantly surprised by the pressing tone in which Kumar presents all of the majors players, and so quickly too! From the initial pages, the reader should be able to sense the tension that overshadowed the discovery, and evolution, of the quantum, and what it brought to that historic period. The book requires only general knowledge of mathematics/science, but the author superbly offers all readers the background necessary to understand each discovery to an appropriate extent. There is no section which offers a lull in urgency, whether it be the first theories offered by Bohr, or Einstein's repeated attempts to confound the Copenhagen interpretation. Overall, recommended for science readers, either familiar with quantum history or desiring to understand its roots. -Quantum: Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality
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