Quantum : Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality - Illustrated Edition

By (author) Kumar, Manjit

For most people, quantum theory is a byword for mysterious, impenetrable science. And yet for many years it was equally baffling for scientists themselves. In this magisterial book, Manjit Kumar gives a dramatic and superbly-written history of this fundamental scientific revolution, and the divisive debate at its core. Quantum theory looks at the very building blocks of our world, the particles and processes without which it could not exist. Yet for 60 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 a century of experiments. Werner Heisenberg's uncertainty principle and Erwin Schrodinger's famous dead-and-alive cat are similarly strange. As Niels Bohr said, if you weren't shocked by quantum theory, you didn't really understand it. While "Quantum" sets the science in the context of the great upheavals of the modern age, Kumar's centrepiece is the conflict between Einstein and Bohr over 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. But in "Quantum", Kumar brings Einstein back to the centre of the quantum debate. "Quantum" is the essential read for anyone fascinated by this complex and thrilling story and by the band of brilliant men at its heart.

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書名 Quantum : Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality - Illustrated Edition
著作者等 Kumar, Manjit
書名別名 Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality - Illustrated Edition
出版元 Icon Books Ltd
刊行年月 2012.11.01
版表示 Illustrated ed
ページ数 432p
大きさ H246 x W189
ISBN 9781848314146
言語 英語
出版国 イギリス
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