The Cosmic Code: Quantum Physics as the Language of Nature

The Cosmic Code: Quantum Physics as the Language of Nature

by Heinz R. Pagels


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486485065
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 03/14/2012
Series: Dover Books on Physics
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 333,836
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

American physicist Heinz Pagels (1939–1988) was Adjunct Professor of Physics at Rockefeller University as well as the Executive Director and CEO of the New York Academy of Sciences and President of the International League for Human Rights.

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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The Cosmic Code: Quantum Physics as the Language of Nature 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Yuval-L More than 1 year ago
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. 
NealWags More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago