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

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The Second Creation is a dramatic--and human--chronicle of scientific investigators at the last frontier of knowledge. Robert Crease and Charles Mann take the reader on a fascinating journey in search of "unification" (a description of how matter behaves that can apply equally to everything) with brilliant scientists such as Niels Bohr, Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Erwin Schrödinger, Richard Feynman, Murray Gell-Mann, Sheldon Glashow, Steven Weinberg, and many others. They provide the definitive and highly entertaining story of the development of modern physics, and the human story of the physicists who set out to find the "theory of everything."

The Second Creation tells the story of some of the most talented and idiosyncratic people in the world--many times in their own words. Crease and Mann conducted hundreds of interviews to capture the thinking and the personalities as well as the science. The authors make this complex subject matter clear and absorbing.

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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: 788,519
  • 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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