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Gives a dramatic history of quantum theory, a fundamental scientific revolution and the divisive debate at its core. This book shows how the golden age of physics ignited the greatest intellectual debate of the twentieth century. It focuses on the conflict between Einstein and Niels Bohr over the nature of reality and the soul of science.…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
Gives a dramatic history of quantum theory, a fundamental scientific revolution and the divisive debate at its core. This book shows how the golden age of physics ignited the greatest intellectual debate of the twentieth century. It focuses on the conflict between Einstein and Niels Bohr over the nature of reality and the soul of science.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Icon Books
  • Erscheinungstermin: Januar 2010
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 195mm x 128mm x 35mm
  • Gewicht: 467g
  • ISBN-13: 9781848310353
  • ISBN-10: 1848310358
  • Artikelnr.: 25457060
Autorenporträt
Manjit Kumar is the editor of Prometheus, a journal that covers the arts, sciences and humanities and has written for the Guardian, the TES and the Irish Times. He is the co-author of Science and the Retreat from Reason, an adapted chapter of which Michael Frayn described as 'the clearest account I've read yet of the development of quantum mechanics.'
Inhaltsangabe
This is the dramatic, powerful and superbly-written history of the most important and challenging scientific revolution of the 20th-century - and the ferocious debate at its heart. Without quantum theory our world would not exist. Yet for sixty years most physicists believed that quantum theory denied the very existence of reality itself. In this tour-de-force of science history, Manjit Kumar shows how the golden age of physics ignited the greatest intellectual debate of the twentieth century. Quantum theory is weird. In 1905 Albert Einstein suggested that light was a particle, not a wave, defying two hundred years of experiments. Werner Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle and Erwin Schrodinger's infamous dead-or-alive cat are similarly strange. As Niels Bohr said, if you weren't shocked by quantum theory, you didn't really understand it. In 1925 the quantum pioneers nearly all hailed from upper-middle-class academic families; most were German; and their average age was twenty-four. Their irrational, romantic spirit, formed in reaction to mechanised slaughter of the First World War, inspired their will to test science to its limits. Kumar's centrepiece is the fierce battle between Einstein and Bohr about the nature of reality and the soul of science. 'Bohr brainwashed a whole generation of physicists into believing that the problem had been solved' lamented the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann. After nearly eighty years, Einstein has been vindicated.
Rezensionen
'This is about gob-smacking science at the far end of reason... Take it nice and easy and savour the experience of your mind being blown without recourse to hallucinogens' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian