The Second Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Twentieth-Century Physics / Edition 1

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Overview

The Second Creation is the intimate story of the decades-long scientific quest for "unification," a theory that draws together all matter and energy, from the hottest supernovas to the whirring fragments of the atom. Based on scores of in-depth interviews with such brilliant scientists as Max Planck, Erwin Schrodinger, Richard Feynman, Murray Gell-Mann, Sheldon Glashow, and Steven Weinberg, Robert Crease and Charles Mann vividly portray the tense, exciting world of investigators at the last frontier of knowledge. In telling the richly human story of the two generations of scientists who set out to find the "theory of everything," the authors recount a sweeping saga that moves from the early days of Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr arguing in a Copenhagen park to the vast, mile-long atom smashers of today. The Second Creation is a definitive group portrait of twentieth-century physics.

Robert P. Crease is an associate professor of philosophy at SUNY--Stony Brook. Award-winning science writer Charles C. Mann is a contributing editor of The Atlantic Monthly and Science magazine. His most recent book is Noah's Choice.

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A journalistic narrative of the scientific quest for a unified field theory of physics, based on interviews with two generations of scientists including Max Planck and Erwin Schrodinger, and covering the early days of Einstein's work through the 1980s. First published in 1986 by Macmillan Publishing Company; this revised edition clarifies many technical points. For general readers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813521770
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1996
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 856,148
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.11 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2001

    A Great Read!

    Both scientists and humanists will enjoy this compelling history of the modern physics. Based largely on the authors' own interviews with many of the giants and lesser lights of the twentieth century, the book weaves a fascinating story of the search for truth amid the personalities,passions and competitions of the men and women who devoted their lives to understanding the way the universe works. Although it is occasionally difficult (despite the authors' best efforts) to follow the physics (even for readers of a scientific bent), the flow of the story will keep the reader coming back for more.

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