Einstein and the Quantum: The Quest of the Valiant Swabian

Einstein and the Quantum: The Quest of the Valiant Swabian

by A. Douglas Stone
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Einstein and the Quantum: The Quest of the Valiant Swabian by A. Douglas Stone

"Common lore holds that Einstein's essential contribution to physics is relativity. But in this scholarly and accessible book, A. Douglas Stone argues convincingly that Einstein had a profound impact on the development of quantum theory. With lively, engaging, and thoroughly enjoyable prose, Stone's account is bound to be a definitive history of the subject, vividly establishing that Einstein's genius permeates one of the most startling advances in twentieth-century science."—Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe

"With his lucid and engaging style, A. Douglas Stone has captured one of the most interesting tales in the history of science. Despite Einstein's later discomfort with quantum theory, Stone shows how absolutely instrumental Einstein was in its development. It's a wonderful story that reveals the essence of Einstein's genius and creativity, and Stone is exactly the right person to tell it. I can hear Einstein chuckling in anticipation."—Walter Isaacson, author of Einstein: His Life and Universe and Steve Jobs

"A. Douglas Stone argues that the scientist best known as the creator of relativity theory was also the originator and substantial developer of almost every concept in the quantum mechanics that dominates today's physics. In this scholarly, convincing, and eloquently presented account, Einstein's personal and cultural lives are seamlessly interwoven with his science. I learned a great deal from Einstein and the Quantum, and recommend it to working physicists as well as students and nonscientists wishing to understand a central aspect of the cultural history of the twentieth century."—Michael Berry, University of Bristol

"A. Douglas Stone, a physicist who has spent his life using quantum mechanics to explore striking new phenomena, has turned his considerable writing skills to thinking about Einstein and the quantum. What he finds and makes broadly understandable are the riches of Einstein's thinking not about relativity, not about his arguments with Bohr, but about Einstein's deep insights into the quantum world, insights that Stone shows speak to us now with all the vividness and depth they had a century ago. This is a fascinating book, lively, engaging, and strong in physical intuition."—Peter Galison, author of Einstein's Clocks, Poincar's Maps

"Max Born said, 'Einstein is . . . clearly involved in the foundation of wave mechanics and no alibi can disprove it.' In this informative and engaging book, A. Douglas Stone cracks the case and reveals Einstein's fingerprints all over the subject."—Richard L. Garwin, physicist, recipient of the Enrico Fermi Award and the National Medal of Science

"There's a lot of really good stuff in this book. I enjoyed it enormously. I know of no other book that covers Einstein's role in quantum mechanics so accessibly."—Daniel F. Styer, author of Relativity for the Questioning Mind

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691139685
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/06/2013
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 1,264,665
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

A. Douglas Stone is the Carl A. Morse Professor of Applied Physics and Physics at Yale University.

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Einstein and the Quantum: The Quest of the Valiant Swabian 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Schrodinger_Heisenberg More than 1 year ago
Brilliantly written. Stone delves into the unwritten history of Einstein's greatest accomplishment: deciphering the quantum. Einstein's genius has never been so humanized within the milieu of early 19th century physics, two world wars, and the coming and goings of eternally memorable characters. Best science-based book of the year in my opinion, 6 stars if I could.  A few editing issues are the only drawbacks butt those are easily overlooked.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I heard Ira Phlato on NPR interview Stone, and state that this book is easy to understand for the layperson.  I bought this book for my Nook, thinking I would enjoy it as I did Einstein's biography.  Not so much!  I have a degree in the health care provider field, but unfortunately I do not have much background in the "hard sciences".  I found the book difficult to understand in its explanations of physics theory, and got lost in the details.  I believe it is misinformation to say that the book is easy to understand for us folks without a background in physics.  Beware!
demented4fun More than 1 year ago
So now I know what was going on with E. and quick view into his personality, as well as learning the steps of his brilliant insights which I agree should have earned him 4 Noble Prizes.