The Cosmic Code: Quantum Physics as the Language of Nature

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"The Cosmic Code can be read by anyone. I heartily recommend it!" — The New York Times Book Review
"A reliable guide for the nonmathematical reader across the highest ridges of physical theory. Pagels is unfailingly lighthearted and confident." — Scientific American
"A sound, clear, vital work that deserves the attention of anyone who takes an interest in the relationship between material reality and the ...
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Overview


"The Cosmic Code can be read by anyone. I heartily recommend it!" — The New York Times Book Review
"A reliable guide for the nonmathematical reader across the highest ridges of physical theory. Pagels is unfailingly lighthearted and confident." — Scientific American
"A sound, clear, vital work that deserves the attention of anyone who takes an interest in the relationship between material reality and the human mind." — Science 82
This is one of the most important books on quantum mechanics ever written for general readers. Heinz Pagels, an eminent physicist and science writer, discusses and explains the core concepts of physics without resorting to complicated mathematics. The two-part treatment outlines the history of quantum physics and addresses complex subjects such as Bell's theorem and elementary particle physics, drawing upon the work of Bohr, Gell-Mann, and others. Anecdotes from the personal documents of Einstein, Oppenheimer, Bohr, and Planck offer intimate glimpses of the scientists whose work forever changed the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486485065
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 3/14/2012
  • Series: Dover Books on Physics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 320,479
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Foreword 13

Part I The Road to Quantum Reality

1 The Last Classical Physicist 17

2 Inventing General Relativity 40

3 The First Quantum Physicists 63

4 Heisenberg on Helgoland 73

5 Uncertainty and Complementarity 85

6 Randomness 102

7 The Invisible Hand 111

8 Statistical Mechanics 120

9 Making Waves 135

10 Schrödinger's Cat 148

11 A Quantum Mechanical Fairy Tale 155

12 Bell's Inequality 160

13 The Reality Marketplace 177

Illustration section follows page 194

Part II The Voyage into Matter

1 The Matter Microscopes 193

2 Beginning the Voyage: Molecules, Atoms, and Nuclei 209

3 The Riddle of the Hadrons 219

4 Quarks 226

5 Leptons 240

6 Gluons 251

7 Fields, Particles, and Reality 265

8 Being and Nothingness 274

9 Identity and Difference 280

10 The Gauge Field Theory Revolution 289

11 Proton Decay 305

12 The Quantum and the Cosmos 312

Part III The Cosmic Code

1 Laying Down the Law 325

2 The Cosmic Code343

Bibliography 351

Index 355

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  • Posted March 10, 2014

    The Cosmic Code by Heinz Pagels is a very enjoyable book to read

    The Cosmic Code by Heinz Pagels is a very enjoyable book to read if you would like to perceive the world in a new and unimaginable way. This book breaks down the basic components of quantum physics in an extremely helpful and comprehensible way. For anyone who enjoys finding out what the math behind science is trying to say, this is a great book to choose to read. There is very minimal math that is used to explain quantum physics. This book takes you from topics such as deterministic beliefs, to the special theory of relativity, and to areas such as wave mechanics and matrix mechanics. This book takes you from physicists such as Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Max Born, and Erwin Schrödinger. It helps to understand the long journey that these physicists experienced in order to come to a general agreement on how the universe truly works. The book reviews interesting phenomenons such as the “Twin Paradox”, in which clocks are said to move slower at accelerating speeds. Quantum weirdness is also discussed and explained in the best possible way. Another great aspect of the book is that it helps understand quantum physics as a whole by giving very visual and helpful examples. Since trying to understand the world at a quantum level is not necessarily in our nature, real-life examples help to identify what is actually happening. 

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    This one of my favorite books. Pagels takes your prior knowledge

    This one of my favorite books. Pagels takes your prior knowledge and destroys it with quantum physics.
    I love science and this book has increased this love even more. I cant stress enough my love for this book.
    Release what you already know and let Pagles take you on a journey through the cosmic code.

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