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

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W. W. Norton & Company, May 24, 2010 - Science - 448 pages
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“A lucid account of quantum theory (and why you should care) combined with a gripping narrative.”—San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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User Review  - NewLiz - LibraryThing

This was a tough read but if you are interested in the subject matter it is worth your time. The first few chapters are both dry and a tad too technical. Hang in there. It does get better. Read full review

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User Review  - page.fault - LibraryThing

Who knew that the world of theoretical physics was so embued with scandal, ego, and rivalry? Although I'm not sure I got as much scientific knowledge out of this as I would have preferred, Kumar did ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

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.

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