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The Cosmic Code: Quantum Physics as the Language of Nature
     

The Cosmic Code: Quantum Physics as the Language of Nature

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by Heinz R. Pagels
 

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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

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486485065
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
03/14/2012
Series:
Dover Books on Physics Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
599,146
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet 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.

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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