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 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.

7 thoughts on “Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality

  1. Juan C. Juan C. says:

    Es un libro sobre historia de la ciencia, sobre cmo se desarroll una idea tan extraa y tan compleja a travs de las sucesivas aportaciones de grandes hombres de ciencia no siempre grandes personas , y tambin de tcnicos experimentales, a veces en laboratorios perdidos del mundo, con la curiosidad de preguntarse qu pasara si, y disear las tcnicas y construir los instrumentos para responder a esas preguntas Cuenta cmo eran, cmo era su vida, cmo se relacionaban es una maravilla No espere encontrar profundas explicaciones sobre fsica cuntica, no es ese tipo de libro, habla ms de personas que de conocimientos, y de cmo avanza la ciencia por confrontacin de ideas entre s, y de stas con la realidad.Lamentablemente, he ledo que la edicin castellana tiene varios errores y, por supuesto, no est en formato electrnico en nuestro idioma suspiro , pero si su nivel de ingls es medio de verdad, no del de curriculum vitae , no se prive Disfrutar.

  2. Customer Customer says:

    If you are interested in quantum theory development history this book is must From the very early beginnings experimental results that challenged the classical conception of Physics to the deeply surprising efects of the Bell s Theorem through the main actors of Physics development in the 20 century.Truly impressive, a master piece.Will read twice.

  3. J.E.Clarke. J.E.Clarke. says:

    This extensive work covers the history of the development of modern theories of quantum physics in a concise manner, with quotes and references from all the great physicists from Einstein to the present day A fascinating read, and an absolute must have for all physics students, and will appeal to anyone with an interest in science.

  4. marmota marmota says:

    Easy to read book with many insights into the most fascinating years in physicsmight be hard for those totally ignorant about physics but not for those with a minumum level of knowledgeor curiosity

  5. Juan Carlos Delgado Peña Juan Carlos Delgado Peña says:

    Si te interesa saber quienes fueron los pioneros de la mec nica cu ntica, y c mo se relacionaron entre ellos, este es el libro que andas buscando.

  6. tomas y Mariola tomas y Mariola says:

    libro de divulgaci n de f sica muy interesante y entretenido No es necesario tener conocimientos previos sobre los temas que trata Muy recomendable

  7. Tokp Tokp says:

    9 10 amazing reading I recommend this book to anyone interested in the born of the modern phisics and the current universe understanding.