Quantum: Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality

Front Cover
W. W. Norton & Company, 2008 - Science - 448 pages
2 Reviews

“One of the best guides yet to the central conundrums of modern physics.”—John Banville

Quantum theory is weird. As Niels Bohr said, if you weren’t shocked by quantum theory, you didn’t really understand it. For most people, quantum theory is synonymous with mysterious, impenetrable science. And in fact for many years it was equally baffling for scientists themselves. In this tour de force of science history, Manjit Kumar gives a dramatic and superbly written account of this fundamental scientific revolution, focusing on the central conflict between Einstein and Bohr over the nature of reality and the soul of science. This revelatory book takes a close look at the golden age of physics, the brilliant young minds at its core—and how an idea ignited the greatest intellectual debate of the twentieth century.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

Great book, highly reomend for any reader. Some parts you may get lost in the math, but other than that it is a great read!

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

Piękny okres pasjonujących odkryć opisany przystępnym językiem.

Contents

The Patent Slave
31
The Golden Dane
67
The Quantum Atom
93
When Einstein Met Bohr
117
The Prince of Duality
143
Spin Doctors
157
The Quantum Magician
177
A Late Erotic Outburst
201
Einstein Forgets Relativity
281
Quantum Reality
301
DOES GOD PLAY DICE?
329
The Quantum Demon
351
Glossary
373
Notes
387
Bibliography
421
Acknowledgements
439

Uncertainty in Copenhagen
225
TITANS CLASH OVER REALITY
251

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2008)

Manjit Kumar has degrees in physics and philosophy and has written for Slate, The Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement, The Independent, and New Scientist. He lives in London.

Bibliographic information